Monday, December 29, 2014

Tranquil Moon and Garden Collage

Such a peaceful garden area in the middle of the city that brings you fresh, clean air after a long day. I decided to create a collage with these snapshots and add the moon, stars, and clouds onto it. The pastel colors along with the soft imagery complements the harmonious feel of the water fountain, plants and gorgeous stone steps.

There's a sense of calm by gazing at these light, delicate, earthly tones and this reminds me of the zenness of the Japanese gardens.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Sparkling Lights Outline Embarcadero Skyline

Rows and rows of four stunning Embarcadero Center skyscrapers and their lights (plus palm tree!) being shone up and above the sky by the waterfront.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Clear Winter Skyscraper Reflections

Love it when skyscrapers display reflections of other architectural buildings clearly--it makes for a perfect picture! Also nothing better than beautiful autumnal leaves in earthy, rustic shades blowing (and falling) in the distance.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Lights and Snowflakes: Happy Holidays Collage

Dark skies, bright lights: this is when you know the holidays are coming right up! Hope your holiday season is super special and filled with cuteness (like dogs!), snowflakes (real or fake!) and bright, happy smiles all around you. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Cottage Row of Delicate Dreams

Such beautiful pastel homes during the middle of the day. With a bit of sunshine, some shade, and a little lighting effect, this peaceful, hidden alleyway gets the dreamy treatment it deserves.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Celebrate the Holidays with Magnificent Bows

Combining all the bows together in a box really shows off its magnificence. Individually, you may not notice a bow's true quality and elegance, but when they are so closely combined, you notice the beautiful array of colors, designs, and intricate details. The colors reflect each other in a whole new light. Taking these pics with the lights on give it an extra yellow glow.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Light In The Palm Trees

There is nothing more spectacular than stunning lights adorning palm trees at night and beyond. Just one glance at the beautiful trees and all our worries fade away.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Surreal Aqua Waterfall Imagery

Stunning man-made waterfall at the Sun Terrace rooftop garden. Love the idea and design behind this unique creation--especially the gorgeous aqua color! It glows and stands out in the distance. 

*San Francisco has a series of unique, hidden privately owned public open spaces (POPOS) sprinkled throughout the city that are definitely worth checking out.* 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Chandelier Decor: Stunning Decorative Lights

Chandelier Decor is always so impressive--hotels and restaurants have so many chandeliers on ceilings and every single one is unique and awe-inspiring in its own way. This one is no different. I approached this beautiful chandelier and decided to take a closeup view from the inside instead of taking the usual faraway shot. Different streams of lights are sparkling into the distance in enchanting hues and colors, as you would imagine in fairy land.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Blooming Flowers Art Extravaganza

These gorgeous red flowers almost look like the real thing. They have such bright luscious shades like poppy flowers, but it is just an art display inside an elevator at a hotel! They are so vivid and colorful and pops out in front of your eyes making for a very pleasant elevator ride...

Friday, November 7, 2014

Sparkle and Shine with Crystal Decor Imagery

Fun, bright crystal decor with translucent colors, iridescent tones, and beautiful transparency. Every angle you turn, you see different hues and reflections. I added some sparkles and gradient hues in the background, blurred it out, and enhanced the contrast. Already reminiscing about the holidays!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Blue-Green Featheresque Palm Trees

Beautiful, soft, small, green palm trees that resemble feathers. I love how they looked, but decided to add an extra flair to the trees by including little hints of blue to the side of the leaves. This enhanced the overall color and tone of the image and gave an unexpected twist to what would otherwise be a generic picture.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Inspirational Quote of the Day: Past to Future

"Let the dreams of your past be the reality of your future." Everyone has vivid dreams about their goals, future, accomplishments, and the "perfect life"... but how can one reach them? Optimism, hard work, humility, passion, and curiosity will get you far and reach things beyond your imagination. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Beyond Imagery: Blurred, Scenic Collage

Recently I have enjoyed blurring out different photos--it gives such a nice, magical, surreal vibe to any picture. I decided to use blur for the background of this collage. The original background picture was of a blurred garland decoration, but I decided to blur it out even more, and I liked how some of the colorful circles really stood out. I also added a mix of bright pink and blue to the background to add onto the fun. The images are a collection of a range of adventures within the last few months.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Cloudy Goodness Scattered All Around

Went up to my rooftop and captured this perfect moment where cirrocumulus clouds hover the sky as the sun began to slowly set behind the mountains. It is spectacular how everything just comes together and forms...all at once.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Take a Look at Our Most Favorite Pyramid

This Transamerica pyramid in San Francisco is famous all over--this practically defines the skyline and just one look at this pyramid...and you've identified the city by the bay! This popular landmark has been taken by so many people and in so many different angles, neighborhoods, heights, and locations. I decided to approach the building and take a closeup view of it and was amazed by the spectacular details of it (and slightly blinded after staring too long at the pyramid's windows.)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Enlighten Your Senses: Wondrous Green Apples

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Homegrown organic green apples on the tree. Dad grew this apple tree for around 26 years and took pictures of them in the backyard.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Inspirational Quote of the Day: Dream It First

"Dream it, then do it." Everything starts with inspiration and a lot of daydreaming and soul searching. Figure out what you want--then take action and go for it! After all, you never know the result or the outcome until you try. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Layers and Layers of Bracelets Imagery

I combined some of my bracelets into one stack, took a picture, and was inspired by a fashion spread to include layers of transparent bracelets in the background.  I wanted to add a refreshing new take to jewelry photography by adding these various layered effects.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Castle by the Cliffside

A beautiful, peach colored Julius' castle located on a hillside in the city--pretty much on a cliff off Telegraph Hill. After hearing about it, I decided to see it in person, and this area has such remarkable views of the bay. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Lights, Camera...Action (With Mirrors and Hands)

When you have a ton of mirrors and vibrant, picturesque lights ranging in many hues and a camera, what do you get? Inspiration and a stunning image. In one of the exhibits at the old Exploratorium, we played around with the lights and reached for the mirror...and then our hands reached back at us in the reflection...

Friday, October 3, 2014

Charming Chain of Lakes Collage

Foggy, cloudy, or overcast days can have its perks and benefits. The solemn sky gave these pictures a mysterious feel to it. The clarity of the lakes and trees were nicely defined, and the reflections added to the charm. I decided to layer the fonts for the title of the collage, changed the opacity, and added it all over the image. This is the most serene chain of lakes I've ever seen. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Inspirational Quote of the Day: Have Courage

Perseverance is key to success! "As long as you have courage, you can face anything." Literally anything. Keep your head up and continue reaching for the stars and beyond. Nothing is impossible.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Real Palm Tree Effect

Palm trees are so amazing--just one look at them and you feel completely at ease as if you were in a faraway beach relaxing with no obligations. This palm tree was at a neighborhood park and it was amazing how the shadow and sand resembled a beach in the summertime. I decided to lighten it up and add a pink effect to the photo. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

A Collage to Celebrate Jeans

I was so inspired by the different and fascinating designs for the back pocket of jeans that I decided to create a collage with them. I really like how each pair of jeans has their own unique shape, shade, and vibe to it. This collage showcases the collection. Love the different shades of blue!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Water Fountain Perfection

Love how blue the water appears--and it looks so nice against the brown benches surrounding it! The sprinklers are also aligned so nicely together.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Salmon-Colored Rose

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Closeup view of a salmon-colored rose from the backyard. This rose stood out from the rest and had to be captured on camera by Dad!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Future's Past: Awe Inspiring Art Display

Part I: This is a Future's Past art sculpture created by Kate Raudenbush located at Patricia Green Park in the Hayes Valley neighborhood. After walking inside, you can see the intricate details of the design. The shadows and reflections are so mesmerizing...If you look closely and stare a while, you will also notice a heart right in the middle. Such an exceptional creation that evokes tons of new inspirations!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Whimsical Pastel World of Happiness

Beautiful trees and flowers near a mountain. I changed the tone and color of this and gave it a more pastel look to it. Light, soft pastel colors give this image a dreamy feel and makes us all daydream about long summer days all over again...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Stream of Sunlight Reaches the Trees

A beautiful sunny, windy day at a small park near the freeway. It was a few hours before the sunset, and with autumn quickly approaching, I added a brownish-orange glow and effect to the photo, added some sun flare, and lightened the overall image to celebrate the new season!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Cherry Blossoms Turn Into Winter Wonderland

This was originally a picture of the blooming cherry blossoms during spring time. After blurring everything out and changing the tone and color of the trees and the background, I decided to add extra lights to it for a mysterious, magical twist to winter. The ground resembles ice and the shadow brings in an extra depth to the dark winter atmosphere.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Are You On Cloud 9? — Scattered Cloud Formations

Looked up at the sky at the perfect moment: the cumulus clouds shifting through the sky and eventually forming the number "9". Pure bliss.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Intensity of Palm Trees In Blue

Palm trees are spectacular in its natural shade: green and brown. Altering the colors to blue enhances its overall intensity, giving it an extra glow at night. The blue shade also showcases its unique details and texture that can otherwise be missed in its original color. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Multi-Colored Layers and Beautiful Views Collage

Created a collage with some of my favorite pictures such as a closeup view of the Golden Gate Bridge on a foggy day and beautiful homes around the neighborhood. I played around with the fonts, different layers and opacity of the images to create this collage. I particularly love all the white spaces in each of the images. Adding the white background intensifies the clarity of the pictures.

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Bright and Colorful Swirl Ripple Effect

Having a little bit of fun creating a rainbow colored swirl through various filters and effects. I was inspired by all the unique swirl creations out there and decided to recreate my own version of it. This has a bit of an ocean vibe and resembles the wind and the crashing waves. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Tropical Jungle Village Effect

Charming area inside the Embarcadero Center with colorful flowers and tropical plants. I also decided to add a painterly effect with a picturesque vibe.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Cherry Blossoms Get a Close-Up

View of stunning cherry blossoms during spring time in a beautiful Japanese garden. Had to zoom in on this beauty!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Beauty of Autumn Falls

One of the most beautiful small parks in the city: spectacular in the winter, spring, and summer. Even cooler in the fall when the leaves begin to change into brown, yellow and orange hues. This picture showcases the beginning of autumn as the trees begin to turn into rusty autumnal shades. I added some sun flare and a filter to emphasize more on the changing season. 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Blurred Reality on a Freeway

Looked outside the window and decided to take a picture of this tree. The car was moving so fast that I got a blurred photo instead. With a light pink filter and some sun lens flare, this tree ended up with a full dreamy effect.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Light Up The Sky(scrapers)

Best view ever from Pier 14...watching the sun slowly set on the other side of the city and patiently waiting for the lights to glow in the distance.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Star Wand Sparkles

I've had this wand for the longest time and got the inspiration to create a layout filled with some sun-flare and sparkles on top of a blue-green and bold orange background. Last but not least, I added the wand on top so it can continue to spread its magic all over!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Bright Sunset Glow at Dolores Park

A few hours before sunset at Dolores Park, I captured this warm yellow-orange sky and the glowing skyline in the spring time. A can't miss opportunity in one of the best spots ever.