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A moment of zen… Early Morning Bay Bridge

Calm water, fog… ahhh. I had dreamed, planned to go to the Ferry Building in San Francisco months before I arrived. For sunrise. I wasn’t sure how in the hell I was going to wake up that early on a vacation, with no car, and get down there (taxi worked well, btw), but I was going to do it. And I actually followed through. I think that I am more apt to do hard work for art that I love, than for myself. Just an observation- maybe my own moment of zen.

Often my photos end up on my website- http://www.kelleybard.com. I also have flickr, facebook and google+ accts where I post photos. Flickr and Facebook are under “Kelley Bard Photography”, google+ is under Kelley Bard. Look me up in those places if you wish, oftentimes there is overlap, but sometimes I post a photo just to one area, or observations/thoughts/fun stuff.

 


2 very different photos from San Francisco

SF Trolley Car

Unknown Couple in Union Square

The first photo has gotten many early positive reviews from others, and I’m glad- it was a bit of post-production work and I’m always happy when that goes off well. The second… well, it’s todays photo so I’ll report back if I get lots of responses. Or if YOU respond, which I always love! Also, with these moments into people’s lives photos… if you know who this is, I would love to be able to contact them. I was glad to get to photograph this moment for them and for others.

More always available at www.kelleybard.com, check around there if you would like to!


Filbert St. Nightshade

Just a favorite little spot, and a beautiful flower from there.

Filbert St. Steps in San Francisco. Ever heard of it? It’s the best secret spot there. Guaranteed to be tourist free most of the time, mainly because it is STEEP. But it’s once in a lifetime. A tropical secret path on the backside of the Coit Tower hill, kept up beautifully by the people who live off the pathway. Quiet, green, beautiful views… it’s got it all. I love it. Also absurdly romantic… But the best part is something I haven’t even seen, which is the flock of wild parrots (pet escapees for 40+ years) which lives on this hillside as well. So you have views of the Bay Bridge, the wharf area, Coit Tower, and beautiful, unimaginably tropical foliage and animals. All on a deserted San Francisco street. What’s not to love?

I’ll post a pic of the pathway soon… I was just so in love with this flower against the palms that I had to show it off.

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Golden Gate Bridge Tower

This shot is an HDR taken looking up one of the main towers of the Golden Gate Bridge. The HDR caught some of the grungy metal texture and amplified it, and the color, etc was finished in Photoshop. I also used Topaz Adjust in this one, which I don’t use much anymore. But it gave some startling detail to the image.

More at www.kelleybard.com if you are interested!

Enjoy… and if this makes you think of a certain two towers in New York City… well, I can’t say that they weren’t in the back of my mind when I finished this photo.

 


Mmm, Hungry? Chinatown Butcher’s

Taken from the window of a San Francisco Chinatown’s butcher shop. I couldn’t resist. I loved the exotic look, the joy of exploring this area. I’ve spent time in Chinatown before but it was nice to be back… and a fun way to spend an afternoon!

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San Francisco Love… Bit of the Bridge

Being in San Francisco is such an utter joy for me. This trip, I found myself noticing a lot of random, abstract-type things around the city. You will see a lot of them come out in the near future, like this image. Just a subtle reminder of how much of the Golden Gate Bridge ISN’T in this photo…

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Palace of Fine Arts- 2 views

So… I originally finished this photo as the top view, and was pretty happy with it, except for the sky desaturation areas.  It came out patchy, which I didn’t like.  I was thinking about it all day, in preparation for posting tonight, and finally thought about just going into Photoshop and painting the blue in.  It removed a lot of the definition in the sky, but as it already looked like a painting, I don’t think I missed much out of it.  Plus, I think it made the buildings look just a bit whiter.  I liked the second view enough to post that one to flickr and remove the original one.  I’ll do the same with my website, www.kelleybard.com.

Anyways, this is one of my favorite sites in San Francisco and when I visited there in December (8 hours in the city, with my kids, and I was so excited!), I definitely went here.  It helps that the building adjacent to the Palace of Fine Arts houses the best kids science museum in the world. We visited there, I tired out my kids, then drove by the Palace for a quick photo shot.  This is an HDR, which means that I took several exposures of the same scene (with my tripod, so the photos are exactly the same) then combined them in my computer.  Sometimes, in the program Photomatix Pro that I use, unusual things happen.  This image got some incredible glowy sections, which got me started on the final processing look for the photo.  I desaturated it, added lots of textures to make it subtly more ancient looking, and generally had fun.  I really like how the image ended up.

What do you think?