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Newport Beach Photowalk, Jan 4

Flying and Floating Newport Beach Pier Two Middle Aged Bald Guys With No Shirts Riding Beach Cruisers Down The Street Beach Ghosts Newport Beach Go'ers Longboard... on wheels

Just a quick shout to anybody in the Southern California region, a few of us are getting together on Sunday afternoon at Newport Beach for a little photowalking. Nothing formal, just a chance to get outside and hang out. Anybody is welcome to join us.

MEETING PLACE: Newport Pier, Newport Beach, CA
MEETING TIME: Sunday, January 4, 1pm


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Seriously, if you’re in the area, come hang out for a little while and take some photos with us. Everybody is welcome to join. We’ll meet at the base of the pier and start wandering from there — no plans, we’ll just go wherever looks interesting.

Last time we went to Newport Beach, we couldn’t get to this area because it was so crowded (nowhere to park the car), so we ended up down by Balboa Island. But it shouldn’t be as crowded now that it’s January, and we wanted to check things out up by the pier. Here are my photos, Bryan’s photos, and Alex’s photos from the last Newport Beach and Balboa Island photowalk.

Photowalking Venice Beach 10-25-2008

Longboards

Just a quick shout to anybody in the general vicinity of Southern California — A few of us are hanging out at Venice Beach on Saturday, October 25, 2008. We’ll meet up at 3PM near the “Sausage Kingdom“. We’ll stick around until sunset, then leave before it gets dark (and scary).

Sausage Kingdom

If you’re in the area, come hang out and shoot some photos with us. Nothing formal, just a couple hours of walking around and soaking up the atmosphere. If you’re planning on coming out and you don’t see us (or if you’re late), don’t hesitate to give me a call at 208-659-2901.

Darkness Creeps In

Darkness Creeps In

Brian Auer | 06/29/2008 | Huntington Beach, CA | 135mm * f/2.8 * 1/?s * ISO50
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This photo was taken while I was hanging out with a few friends one afternoon at Huntington Beach. It was kind of a last minute “whatcha doin this weekend” sort of thing. Bryan Villarin (F/B/T), Arnold (F/T), Jason Stone (F/B/T), John Watson (F/B/T), my son Rex (F), and I (F/B/T) were all there to grab some shots of the beach and pier while we waited for the sunset to see if anything exciting would happen (you can see them all in this Polaroid I took).

The Guys at Huntington Beach

Just as we were finishing up dinner, the sunset was approaching so we zoomed back over to the beach to grab some shots. I only had film cameras with me that day (4 of them), and I had been shooting black and white with my SLR and TLR. I still had about 10 shots on the roll in the SLR, so I finished that one off and quickly loaded a roll of Velvia 50 with the intent of cross processing. I got about half way through the roll before the sun was gone. If I had decided to swap out the roll in my TLR, I probably would have missed it altogether.

I took the Velvia with me solely for the purpose of shooting the sunset and cross processing it. I assumed that the Velvia 50 would turn out the same as the Velvia 100 when cross processed, so I was expecting to get some serious red/magenta shifts on the already red/orange sunset. Instead, I got a blue/green shift similar to what I’ve seen with Ektachrome. I’m not at all disappointed with the results… it’s just not what I had expected.

And on top of all that, I got this really neat photo that ended up with a heavy vignette/underexposure on the right side of the frame. Very cool results all around. This is one of the reasons I’m attracted to film — sometimes the results are completely unpredictable, but better than you had expected.

POST-PROCESSING

  1. Take exposed film out of camera
  2. Give film to camera store and say “Cross process, please. No prints and no cuts.”
  3. Go outside and take photos for 15 minutes
  4. Go back to the store and pick up film
  5. Take film home and scan
  6. Post photo on the Internet

Yup, seriously… no digital post processing other than maybe some dust removal. Sometimes I also adjust the white balance on my cross processed stuff to remove most of the color cast, but I left this one alone.

Abused and Ignored

Abused and Ignored

Brian Auer | 03/08/2008 | Venice Beach, CA | 75mm * f/2.5 * 1/8000s * ISO200
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I found this beautiful lady in Venice Beach. She didn’t say much, but I think she was into me. Don’t let her distant stare fool you, she had quite the personality. Underneath of her “I’m sexy and I know it” facade, she’s screaming for attention. Because she is, after all… abused and ignored.

Abused and Ignored Post-Processing

  1. Unprocessed RAW
    There you have it, straight out of the camera.
  2. Processed RAW
    Minimal processing for white balance and exposure (using the “Auto” setting in ACR).
  3. Color Curves
    I used the technique from my “Redscale Process” described some weeks ago. After adjusting the curves, the blend mode was set to “color”.
  4. Color Fill
    Again, from the mentioned Photoshop technique. Opacity set to 20% and blend mode to “color”.
  5. Luminosity Curves
    Added some contrast to make it a little more punchy. Blend mode was set to “luminosity” to preserve previous color adjustments.

Now if I could figure out how to create the same effect in ACR I’d be pretty clever.

Laguna Beach Photowalk: March 30

I had such a great time at the last photowalk in La Jolla that some of us decided we should put on another one in Orange County (which is kind of a midway point between Los Angeles and San Diego). Hopefully we can get a decent turnout again, so if you’re in the Southern California area, here are the details:

WHERE: Laguna Beach, California


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WHEN: March 30th, 2PM

I set it up for after lunch so we don’t have to try finding food for under $20 per person. But if you’re into food, you might want to show up early and hit one of the many restaurants down near the water.

WHY?

Because photowalks are where it’s at! If you’ve never been to one, you don’t know what you’re missing. I always meet a ton of great people and I walk away with lots of interesting photos. It’s part social event, part photo shoot. Here’s my write-up for the Upcoming.org event:

Join us in Orange County’s Laguna Beach for an afternoon of photowalking. We’ll begin our walk at the Festival of Arts building on Broadway, walk all the way down Broadway until we hit the Pacific Coast Highway, then we’ll turn our attention to some of the more active streets in Laguna Beach — Ocean Avenue and Forest Avenue. When we’re done with the busy street scene, we’ll head down to the beach and walk along the boardwalk. For those who want to do a little more beach photography, we’ll then head over to the rocky shoreline to see what we can find.

There’s a large parking lot available across the street from our meeting place, and parking will cost $3 for the day. Bring a few extra dollars in case you need to park in a different lot, prices will vary between $3 and $10.

Laguna Beach is fairly simple to reach from the major freeways. Just hop on the Laguna Freeway 133 (also known as Laguna Canyon Road) from the 73, I-405, or I-5. The canyon road will take you all the way down to our meeting spot and into Laguna Beach. Or for those coming from a nearby beach town, you can take the Pacific Coast Highway into Laguna Beach.

Hopefully the weather will cooperate with us that day… but hey, it’s Southern California. There’s a 99% chance it’ll be sunny and warm. And if all of this isn’t enough to persuade you to come hang out for the afternoon, it’s my birthday (on the 31st) so you owe it to me!

Laguna shore
Creative Commons License photo credit: timotale

Sim City
Creative Commons License photo credit: Kevin Labianco

Cue Hilary Duff
Creative Commons License photo credit: shawdm

The Place To Be

The Place To Be

Brian Auer | 02/09/2008 | La Jolla, CA | 19mm * f/4.5 * 1/400s * ISO100
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This shot was taken during the La Jolla photowalk in early February. At the time, I found the scene to be very interesting — the hut, the birds, the people, and the ocean in the background really seemed to work together in this candid shot. I kept things fairly well centered because of the strong symmetry already present in the hut. The Birds and the people served to break up that symmetry in isolated areas, so I didn’t feel I needed to break it up even more. Lucky for me, I also left some extra room at the top of the frame, which served as a nice backdrop for some heavy vignette.

The Place To Be Post-Processing

All of the following post-processing steps were done with Adobe Camera Raw — no Photoshop was used on this photo.

  1. Untouched RAW Image
    This is what the image looked like straight out of the camera. It could probably work as a color image too, but I wanted to go colorless.
  2. Black & White Conversion
    Before doing anything, I switched to grayscale. I pushed the red, orange, yellow, green, and aqua to negative compensation while the blues, purples and magentas were pushed in the positive direction.
  3. Basic Adjustments
    I left the white balance set at a temperature of 5800 and a tint of +3. I left the exposure, recovery, and clarity set to zero, while I boosted the fill light to 46, bumped the blacks up to 36, dropped the brightness to 16, and pushed up the contrast to 52.
  4. Tone Curve Adjustment
    Using the parametric tone curve, I set the highlights to +41, lights to +39, darks to -44, and shadows to -76. This gave me the strong contrast I was after, and I actually pushed a bunch of the highlights and shadows off the histogram.
  5. Vignette and Sharpen
    In the lens correction menu, I set the vignette to an amount of -76 with a midpoint of 19 — and this gave me the strong frame around the hut while filling in some of that sky. As a last step, I set the sharpening under the detail menu to an amount of 50 with a radius of 1.5 pixels.

Enjoy!

February Challenge: Day 9 – Pedestrian Crossing

Pedestrian Crossing

WEEK 2 = YELLOW

This photo (and those shown below) came from our recent La Jolla photowalk. I totally overworked the colors on this image and it was completely on purpose, but I like the way it ended up. I’ll be uploading quite a few photos to Flickr over the course of this week, so keep your eyes on my stuff over there if you’re interested in seeing how the day turned out. You can also follow the photos from everybody else, as long as they’re tagged with “photowalking020908“. Honestly, with all this color stuff for the February Challenge, you can expect to see a lot of my photowalk images turning out black & white.

To see the rest of my February Challenge photos, check the “Challenge” category here on the blog or visit my Flickr Set.

Link Roundup 02-09-2008

Before we get to the links, I just want to mention quickly that we had our photowalk in La Jolla today. The turnout was awesome! I lost count, but I think probably 15 to 20 people showed up from across Southern California and one from North Idaho. Just about everybody in the shot below was part of our group, plus we had a few others that weren’t in the frame. We had a great time, and I’ll try to post a recap on Monday the 18th — that way people have a chance to get through processing some photos and put them up on Flickr and whatnot.

La Jolla Photowalkers

FOR THOSE AT THE PHOTOWALK: TAG YOUR PHOTOS “photowalking020908″. This will help everybody find the photos, and I’ll also be searching through Flickr and Zooomr for those tags to find photos for Monday’s recap. Now on with the links…

PROJECTS

  • The View From Below
    Neil Creek
    As a photographer, it’s important to think about the uncommon perspective, and get out of the habit of shooting from the same height all the time. This photography project asks you to take and submit a photo from less than 30cm (12in) above the ground. DEADLINE: 02-21-2008
  • Send me a postcard
    All Day I Dream About Photography
    Send Antoine a digital postcard of a place that describes the area you call home. It should be interesting to see all the different places we come from! DEADLINE: 02-29-2008

READING MATERIAL

  • One Image – 17 Amazing Interpretations
    CameraPorn
    Results from a photo editing project similar to the one we ran on Epic Edits. 17 people give their very artistic interpretation of one image.
  • Replacing Skies or What Mood Today
    My Camera World
    It’s pretty amazing what a difference a new sky can make in your photos!
  • Street Tips
    The Meditation of Life
    Good solid street photography tips that talk about candids, fair game, knowing your equipment, expecting the unexpected, and the general nature of street photography.
  • 9 Pet Photography Tips
    digital Photography School
    Antoine gives us 9 great tips for improving our pet photos.
  • Reading Histograms
    SDuffyPhotography.blog
    A guide to reading a histogram and using that knowledge to take better photos.
  • Photowalking Tips
    SDuffyPhotography.blog
    Going on your first photowalk? Don’t forget to take these things with you!
  • 80+ Photoshop Tools and Resources
    Mashable
    A great big giant list of Photoshop resources including filters, brushes, actions, plugins, tutorials, magazines, associations, and other resources.

La Jolla Photowalk Reminder

Remember folks, we’ve got a Southern California photowalk happening on Saturday, February 9th. So if you’re in the greater Los Angeles or San Diego area, stop by for a while and take some photos with us.

It should be a good turnout — Bryan Villarin and I will be there along with John Watson from Photodoto. I’m still working on Ryan Goodman from CameraPorn, and I had Nate Ritter asking me about it earlier today. Looks like it’s going to end up being a blogger convention!

Calling All SoCal Photographers: Upcoming Photowalk in La Jolla

My buddy Bryan Villarin got in touch with me about putting together a San Diego Photowalk. After talking over a few ideas, we decided on a date, time, and general plan of attack. Here’s what we came up with:

WHERE: La Jolla, California


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WHEN: February 9th, 1PM

Show up a little early if you want some extra time to browse through the famous Joseph Bellows Gallery and get your fill of photographic inspiration.

WHY?

Why not? Photowalks are a great way to meet other local photographers, get inspired, and take home some great photos. So if you live in the Southern California area (especially you San Diegans), come hang out with us in scenic La Jolla. Here’s my write-up for the Upcoming.org event:

Meet us at the Joseph Bellows Gallery in La Jolla to start off a great afternoon of photowalking. We’ll use the gallery as a gathering place so we can browse the photographic art as we wait for everyone to arrive.

From there, we’ll walk down Girard Avenue for some street photography. At the end of Girard, there’s another gallery that we can optionally visit called Images of Nature by Thomas D. Mangelsen. We’ll then turn our attention to the busy sidewalks of Prospect Street as we make our way down toward the beach. Once near the water, we’ll explore La Jolla’s scenic shoreline and maybe even visit the tide pools if the tides are in our favor.

Seriously, if you live in Southern California and you don’t show up I’m going to be very disappointed. Besides, here’s what you’ll be missing if you don’t show up:

The images shown above are licensed under the Creative Commons.