Thursday, August 17, 2017

Twilight Lights Glow in the Space Needle

Post-sunset always, always has the best light. Loved how blue the sky was at this time! It's perfect with a bit of a darkness and the lights are slowly starting to shine from the Space Needle.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Unfiltered Life: Orange Sunset Glows by the Still Waters

Always live your life authentically.

But never be afraid to spice up an image with a filter.

The sky finally cleared up and I captured this photo of the sunset by the bay. The original photo was a lighter icier pastel shade of blue and yellow, but I wanted to give it a more tropical summer feel so I added yellow-green plus orange tones and extra contrast to give it an extra boost.

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Palm Trees and Cacti Island Mix

Want to explore the desert or relax on the beach? Why not...have both? This beautiful garden has a mixture of cacti and palm trees right next to each other, offering the perfect contrast on a bright blue sunny day.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Night Wonders of North Chicago and Lake Michigan

One of the coolest cities with dazzling, colorful lights all across the city. This view, over 90 floors above, was no exception. The outline of North Chicago, Lake Michigan, and all the magnificent night lights stand out quite magically--making for an epic feast for the eyes.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Blue Sunset Vibes Across Lake Union

One of those days I felt truly lucky when it came to the weather...gray skies all morning, afternoon and evening...and then surprise! Around sunset, the sky began clearing up, with wispy cirrus clouds in all directions, making for a calming, epic pastel sunset to end a beautiful day in Seattle.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Reduced Saturation and Reversed Hues Water Effect

Most of the time, images would be enhanced the usual way--upping the brightness, contrast, and saturation to bring out more of the color of an image and to represent the true beauty of what we are seeing with the naked eye. But what happens when we do the opposite? The reverse effect also has its own spectacular, dreamy quality.

I decided to test drive it with this image of Mission Bay and the stunning building water reflections. I reduced the saturation, contrast, and brightness, then changed up the hues so there's a bit of pink and aqua magic (my favorites) in the water. To my amazement, the picture may be darker but more of the details and surprising hints of colors in the background end up popping out more, offering a catchy glowy effect.