Visualizing in Monochrome

May 28, 2016  •  7 Comments

  It seems the gray skies dominated sunny San Diego this May. We are somehow spoiled by the almost year round San Diego sun and the amazing colors that come with it.  However this gray May is an opportunity to visualize in monochrome and create black & white images.  A friend and I went to hospital reef in La Jolla, knowing that the tide will be low and there will be no glorious sunset. This is a great time to do long exposures without the need for ND filters. With a tripod mounted EOS 5D Mark III with an EF 11-24 lens,  I exposed between 20 seconds to 4 minutes. Single RAW image files processed in Lightroom CC. See more: http://www.arnelgarcia.com/lajolla.


V is for ...

February 15, 2016  •  4 Comments

After dinner we decided to visit San Diego's Waterfront Park adjacent to the County Building. I remember that they used to light the building in red for heart month, so I brought a camera and a tripod.  We were lucky to find parking and made it just in time for the blue hour (more like blue minutes). No projected light in red but I noticed the cloud formation and quickly set-up, composed and recomposed my shots. It turned out that the clouds formed a V - for Valentines. Spread the love.


Cosplayers 2.0

July 12, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Happy Birthday America

July 05, 2015  •  4 Comments

We capped our 4th of July celebration by watching the fireworks at San Diego Bay.  This is how I captured theses shots.  1. Used my Canon EF 16-35 with a tripod mounted 5D Mk III.  2. Manually set focus to infinity. 3. Shutter is set to  B or bulb. 4. Aimed the camera high to the probable launch site. 5. Recomposed after the first fireworks were launched. With the shutter set to B, I manually open and close the shutter, syncing my rhythm with the launching and peak of the fireworks. Oftentimes, waiting for several fireworks to peak before closing to get multiple fireworks in one frame, as shown in the single images in the gallery.  Sometimes I used my hand to cover the lens, instead of closing the shutter. This one shown here is composed 3 layers.   Check out the gallery: http://www.photoworkshops.rocks/4thofjuly2015


Top of the Rock

July 02, 2015  •  2 Comments

Top of The RockThe view from the Top of the Rock. HDR + Panorama. The view from the Top of the Rock is great. However it is a challenge to capture the spectacular scenery especially when I am supposed to be on tourist mode and not on assignment.  When you are traveling with family, their safety is priority, photography is just secondary.  With that said, it is paramount to quickly survey the scene, compose, and shoot.   Captured with handheld 5D Mark III, 4 sets of 3 shots,  first processed in Lightroom HDR, then the 4 DNG files merged to create this Panorama, Photoshop used only for the texts.  I have identified some of the landmarks, if you know some of them please send me a note, and I will update the photo.  Please click on the picture to enlarge and zoom on the details.

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