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San Francisco Bay Paddler (California) • PhotoTraces

I took the featured picture just a few years in the past. That spring, I spent a weekend in San Francisco whereas getting ready to fly again to Montreal after a two-week driving journey via California.

I took the featured picture from Treasure Island, positioned in the midst of San Francisco Bay. Each time I go to the Bay Space, I be sure to search out the time—even whether it is only some minutes—to soak up one among my favourite metropolis views.

This time, I focused on the colours and architectural patterns of the town.

Photographing San Francisco from Treasure Island has its personal set of challenges. The island is roughly 2km away from the portal space of downtown. The space makes it difficult to discover a focal point in each the foreground and midground. Many of the pictures taken from the island have a boring foreground comprised of water and nothing else. 

However I’ve just a few tips up my sleeve to unravel this drawback. Because the channel between the island and the town is a busy portal space, it solely takes a couple of minutes till one other cargo ship or barge passes by. It typically makes an fascinating compositional ingredient.

In my case, I didn’t have to attend lengthy for a cargo ship. As a substitute, I noticed a paddler approaching my location and made certain to incorporate him as a part of the composition.

San Francisco Bay Paddler (California) 1

Plus, the colour distinction between the blue sky, the orange rock, and the inexperienced vegetation was completely breathtaking.


I used to be capturing hand-held and I used the longest focal size (70mm) of my lens to zoom in on the town.

Modifying & Processing

It was a single RAW processing workflow.

Lightroom (80%)

My first objective was to enhance the composition by eradicating the empty sky on the high and the empty water of the bay on the backside. I used the Crop Overlay software to alter the facet ratio from the unique 3 x 3 to extra panoramic orientation with an facet ratio of two x 1.

Subsequent, I used the Pure preset from my Panorama Preset Assortment as the bottom for Lightroom Fast Modifying. Then I used TOOLKIT to spice up the Distinction and the Readability.

The Lightroom Preset Modifying Method: Pure (9, 17, 25, 33)

Photoshop (20%)

In Photoshop the principle objective was to spice up the distinction even additional. I utilized the distinction selectively by making the realm of water and sky, ensuring that solely architectural particulars have been affected.

The aggressive distinction resulted in extreme digital noise and I had to make use of a comparatively sturdy noise discount setting to remove it.

Plugins: DeNoise (noise discount), Topaz Element (native distinction enhance).

Whole time: 20min

Earlier than & After Transformation



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