Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Park Amusement Park | HDR Images

Spent a little time on the Santa Monica Pier while visiting some friends in Culver City in Los Angeles this summer. I love this pier because not only is a classic boardwalk with a great history, but it’s got the fantastic family amusement park, Pacific Park, right on the pier.

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Since we hit the place in broad summertime 12-noon sunlight I decided to make 3-7 captures 1-stop apart for each photo I wanted to make as we wandered the pier. There’s so much character in the buildings, structures, art, and people on the pier, it’s hard not to want to photograph all kinds of things going on in front of you. We only had an hour out there, but it was an hour well spent.

 (Niall David)

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I came to really enjoy learning how to use Nik Software‘s HDR Efex Pro a few months ago, and this was the perfect place to make the scenes come alive in ways I otherwise couldn’t have done with traditional digital photography. HDR Efex Pro is my favorite HDR software due to it’s slick interface and ease of intuitive adjustments. I started out using one of the pretty awesome presets the software comes equipped with and then tweaking to my liking, but the more I got familiar with the interface (and HDR photography in general), the more I’d start from scratch and develop the scenes to my liking. My goal is usually realistic, but sometimes it’s really fun to go for vintage, black and white or surreal.

 (Niall David)

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Northern California Coast | Humbolt Redwoods State Park | Avenue of the Giants

A little trip up the coast left us with some wonderful experiences in Humbolt Redwoods State Park

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Big trees everywhere. It’s amazing.

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A Foggy Evening at Fort Point and the Golden Gate Bridge | HDR Images

 

On a lonely foggy eve, I stumbled into Fort Point National Historic Site and the archway truss of the Golden Gate Bridge. From Fort Point you get an original view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay. It’s pretty unreal down there, and very easy to get to. I wish the building at the point was open, and it’d be cool to wander closer to the bridge, but it’s gated off pretty well (the first shot here is actually taken with the camera lens poking through the hole in the fence). I’ve seen some photogs get deeper access and I only wonder what their secrets are…

 (Niall David)

 

I definitely plan to go back and venture through the area beneath the bridge and the roadways there a bit more. It’s a cool industrial urban lattice of somewhat creepy proportion begging to be explored!

de Blank Family Portraits

 

A lovely day in the park with the de Blank family!

 (Niall David)

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Enjoy the slideshow below:

 

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Alma, Megan and Vida | Family and Newborn Portraits

 

One of the sweetest little newborns you ever could image. One of the nicest couples to ever become brand new parents. Meet Alma, Megan and Vida…

 (Niall David)

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The light coming into their San Francisco apartment in the late afternoon was simply gorgeous. One 5omm lens and a small reflector was all the equipment we needed to make these wonderful images of this little one and her parents come to light. I love keeping things simple.

Enjoy the slideshow below:

 

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Sunset over the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge

This was one of those sunsets you can’t believe you got to witness and all you have to do is look out the window.

JPEG file straight from the camera. I love when I don’t have to process an image 🙂