Why I Live Here

Because of all the great people I get to shoot with.

Like tonight:

Terence

Alan

Mike

Brad

Miguel

Paul

Jean

Vance

Tom

And of course, Crazy Matt.

 

 

 

  • Bob Horowitz 4y

    Tnanks, gang!
    Vance Taitano Ah there you are, Vance. I was hoping to find your stream! Still missing some of the other photogs. Yeah, those strobes under the bridge were impressive - whoever was doing it, he had one helluva strong unit.
    juj ~ Hi, Juj. No star filter, just the lens' aperture blades doing their thing at f/19.
  • • Deeva • 4y

    why don't you go ahead and add all of your pics to my faves now... sheesh!!! :D
  • Marc Briggs 4y

    This is fantastic! Great blue hour image, the city is really crisp and you got some pretty cool star-bursts.
    I'm crying right now for having to miss the big event ;-)


    Have a very happy New Year!
  • Kevin D. Haley 4y

    Oy! It's another classic!
  • Brandon Doran 4y

    sharp!
  • Takahiro Yamamoto 4y

    Oh, wow. Speechless.
  • SophieG* 4y

    I think of long exposure night lights and I think of you. This is beautifully composed too. Happy new year! :)
  • ec808x 4y

    Spectacular shot! Clean, crisp and well designed!
  • jeandayphotography.com 4y

    I said you post too much and I didn't even see this. Love your take on this, very dreamy hues, smooth elements and tack sharp bridge and city. Hey, I love your camera!
  • Mike Valenzuela 4y

    Just a great capture of the bay bridge and the city. Love it.
  • Andrew W. 4y

    clean shot! love it!
  • Lisa{santacrewsgirl} 4y

    It's beautiful...
  • lkaloti 4y

    wow, amazing shot. I like the one you took right before this one too.

    how do you get it so clean and crisp?
  • Bob Horowitz 4y

    Thanks, everyone. I'm happy with this shot.
    lkaloti The sharpness is a mix of several things... and a few compromises. I picked a midpoint on the bridge for the focal point and used a narrow aperture to make sure the close and far points were in focus (and to create good starbursts). Unfortunately, f/19 pushes the lens past its peak sharpness... but it wasn't too bad. Most important though was to keep the tripod as low to the ground as possible to eliminate wind shake... and turn the camera's shake reduction function off since it can mess things up on long exposures. I also locked the mirror up a few seconds before taking the shot to eliminate any internal vibration of the sensor (mirror slap). Finally, in post processing, I used Camera Raw's clarity and Photoshop's unsharp mask... and then increased midtone contrast which also helps improve the perception of sharpness and eliminate any greyish haze.

    Oh, I also took lots of pictures and threw away the ones that weren't as sharp! That always helps :)
  • Michael Layefsky 4y

    Thanks for the thorough explanation. I've only been out night shooting a few times, but hope to get proficient at it over time. So the details you provide are extremely helpful.
  • Troy Phanthay 4y

    ***Stunning***
  • Jacek Photography 4y

    Beautiful photo Bob! Just stunning! When are you guys meeting up again?
  • -Damian- 4y

    Stunning! Great shot!
  • Amykc4 4y

    well done!
  • matthew MacMahon 4y

    Lovely pic.
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