Sunday, December 27, 2015

Light Up the Night: Pier 7 Embarcadero Walkway

Pier 7 at Night Part I: One of the most classic, breathtaking views of beautiful San Francisco at Pier 7. This consists of a long walkway with ornamental handrails, antique benches, and rows of lights captured by photographers every day. A bonus plus? The mesmerizing skyline view in the near distance with lights illuminating the edges of skyscrapers and the famous Transamerica Pyramid sitting front and center.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Eclectic Lyon Street Steps Collage

Lyon Street Steps Part I: Some of the very best mansions right in the heart of Billionaire's Row with colorful steps, eccentric arrangements, and stunning new inspirations for architectural exterior designs.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Festive Trees, Cars and Headlights Exposure

Another one of those days with pouring rain--but even that does not deter me from taking this picture. The beautiful lights in the trees with the shining car headlights add extra color and flair to the bright holiday scene.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Waterfront Sunset Over Clear Skies

Loved the gorgeous, clear sunset with the boats out in the waterfront, so I decided to capture this very moment before the pastel watercolored hues disappeared beneath the surface.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Entrancing Streams of Cascading Lights

Cascading Lights Part I: Thousands and thousands of cascading lights stream down from the ceiling at the Hyatt Regency Hotel during the holidays, creating a dazzling, glorious view awed by locals and visitors alike. Riding the elevator up and down gives extra perspective into these streams of lights....including a hint at how these were put together!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Pastel Pink and Blue Ethereal Dreams

This is a gorgeous sunset with clear skies at the Bay Bridge. I decided to add more of a mysterious, delicate vibe to the photo by including rose-colored filters mixed with faded blue tones for a vintage-y, dreamy effect. The result is an image that is both calming and sensational.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Translucent Light Reflections Across the City

And the obsession with reflection continues...I loved the stunning reflections of the nearby skyscrapers with the mid afternoon sunlight streaming down and had to capture this gorgeous architectural view.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Aerial Night Views of San Francisco

Absolutely stunning views of San Francisco and the Bay Area at night with lights and life running throughout the city.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Mysterious Mountain Lake Park Collage

Mountain Lake Park is so beautiful--day or night, cloudy or sunny. It is always so peaceful and exudes such calmness, especially on this foggy day with clear, bright reflections.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Sitting On the Moon: Gaze Into the Horizon

With Moon Festival and the Blood Moon spectacle far behind us, I was inspired to keep the moon memories alive by creating a soft, pastel imagery version with transparent layers and shadows. There's nothing cooler than sitting on the moon! I decided to add a mix of bubbles in all colors and sizes, a blend of noise, sharpness, and blur to create texture, and jewel-toned sunset gradient hues to enhance the vibrancy of the horizon.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Deep In Your Eyes: Mesmerizing Cloud Reflections

Transparent anything is always spectacular--and something that catches our eye. It's like looking at mirror reflections...everything is always different! This building has the clearest, most remarkable reflections of downtown buildings and the clouds definitely steal the show. While walking by, I knew I had to capture this as the clouds were floating slowly across the sky.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Enchanting Wonders of the Palace of Fine Arts

One of the most entrancing monumental structures in the city with a beautiful dome that stuns during the day and night...When I stopped by early morning, there was still some mist in the sky, which lends a mysterious quality to the famous Palace of Fine Arts.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Looking Sharp: Crystal Clear Mirrored Skyscrapers

I'm always fascinated by skyscraper architecture, the innovative designs, and the remarkable reflections of other buildings! This one offers a clean-cut mirrored reflection of a similar skyscraper right nearby--the reflections are pretty impressive.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Pastel Pink Palm Trees: The Diamond Effect

Stunning rows of palm trees deck the waterfront. I added a blurred pastel pink effect along with transparent diamonds to incorporate a mysterious, dreamy feel and mimic the effortlessness of long summer days.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Rediscover the Past: Colorful Chinatown Collage

Sometimes we stroll around the same familiar streets every day and never bother glimpsing up at the beautiful adornments and historic buildings...until one day we look up and really focus on our colorful surroundings and ponder about the past, the history behind the architecture, and the people who brought the area to life. These thoughts came to mind when I went on one of the tours of Chinatown, relearning about the fascinating neighborhood. I decided to put these new discoveries and historic landmarks all together into a collage.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Made With Glass: Luminous Skyscraper Reflections

One of the most transparent skyscrapers in the city ever--with the best reflections of other buildings right across the street...including one of the narrowest buildings in the area. Look closely and you see it squashed in the middle, between other nearby stunning architecture.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Gleaming Waters in Paradise

Relaxing, carefree summer....the best season to unwind, take a breather, and admire the scenery. Nothing is more soothing and calming than standing outside the balcony and gazing deeply into the waters....whether it's the pool or the ocean. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Magical Stream of Lights: Glowing Aqua and Plum Trees

Trees are refreshing in their natural green color and spectacular in orange-red, rusty shades in autumn...but I decided to have a little fun and tweak this Japanese garden into completely different colors by using some highly contrasted hue effect. I love how the sky glows in pale yellow, the trees are in plum purple, and the bright red flowers emerge in striking aqua tones.

Monday, August 3, 2015

The Field of Sweet Dreams

I paused for a few moments and gazed up to view these feathery cirrus clouds as they moved swiftly through the blue sky. I had to capture this moment before they disappear!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Cherished Memories Inside the Temple

I stumbled upon this intricately designed wooden art sculpture called "The Temple" at Patricia Green Park in Hayes Valley, created by David Best. This is a beautiful temple made from recycled wood, with carefully constructed interiors and divinely-adorned benches to bring together an entire community. Inside this space, visitors can write on the placards with memories of their loved ones and reflect on their lives.

Let's collect, share, and cherish these memories for a lifetime.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Circle Art Sculpture: Through the Looking Glass

While taking a stroll by the piers, I noticed this zigzag-circle sculpture. I love how it blends in with the deep blue waters and perfectly captures the palm tree and bridge in the background. It's like a magnifying glass zooming in closely on the city!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Exquisite Exterior Column Design Architecture

A beautiful walk downtown in the city. Loved the uniqueness of these column designs--the architecture is beyond amazing! I added an extra hint of orange to give the image an even warmer vibe.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Transcendent City: Surreal Fireworks and Light Display

Ignite the light and let it shine....

Fireworks are so spectacular and brighten up the night sky--I'm obsessed with how beautiful they are, whether in real life, in pictures, or in drawings...and was inspired by greeting cards and fun advertisements to create a futuristic city with a castle, cliff house, and skyscrapers surrounded by rainbow-hued fireworks in the air. I added some noise to the image to give it more texture and character along with some sparkles and glow for the perfect night by the coastal waters.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Reflective Cerulean and Teal Skyscraper Perspectives

Cerulean and teal blue colors light up the these soaring skyscrapers, expanding the city skyline. I lightened the image and included extra ocean hues to add onto the flair.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Soothing Stream of Sounds: Water Effects

Discovered this gorgeous garden area that was so tranquil--this streaming waterfall exudes a sense of calmness and serenity after a day of chaoticness.

I decided to filter the image with different effects by adding a slight gradient so there's a mix of black/white imagery with slight hints of sepia colors.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Live Your Life Through the Bird's Eye

I decided to create a collage with surreal typography and thought "LIVE" would be the best way to describe the essence of our life. I included different images of some of my favorite locations and made it into a pastel, faded, blurred background to evoke a dreamy, ethereal vibe.

Enjoy every single moment, embrace the imperfections, and celebrate what's precious all around you.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Travel Beyond Your Imagination: Through the Archways

After many days of clouds and fog, the overcast skies finally cleared up. Through this gorgeous archway, views of the vast ocean, bridge, and more prove that there's an endless amount of possibilities every single direction you turn. No matter what happens, keep moving forward.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Aqua and Coral Imagery Collage

Strong. stunning seaside beach colors in aqua and coral. Those ocean-like hues always evoke refreshingly pleasant memories (just like lazy summer days) so I decided to create an entire collage with that theme in mind... followed by little snapshots of other pictures floating around in the background that resemble a travel scrapbook.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Edge of the Embarcadero Waterfront

Serene, mostly sunny day at the waterfront by the bay. The distant skyscrapers, flawless bridge, and wooden pillars in the ocean add to the cityscape view.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Coastal Elegance: Summer's Cool Breeze

Loved how this seaside restaurant by the Embarcadero waterfront had colorful flowers, palm trees, and landscape that resembled the gorgeous Mediterranean sea and the neighboring coastal islands. I also added the faded sunset-esque filter effect to give off a cool LA vibe.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Just Paint the Sky: Gorgeous Cloud Formations Collage

It's like a the sky! Clouds are never, ever the same each day and that's what we love most about them. I was capturing a sequence of clouds for a few weeks and these were the main standouts.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Seasonal Shift: Stunning Hues of Autumn Leaves

Loving these rich, luxurious autumn leaves in the spring time! Such vibrant colors in vivid, strong earthy shades and textures that look equally amazing with tall skyscrapers complementing them in the background.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Warm Sunset Glow at Golden Gate Bridge

Clear, cloudless sunny day in the city with the Golden Gate Bridge shining ever so brightly with its magical red hue. I decided to give it a warm, orange filter for a sunset-inspired vibe at a nearby beach.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Continue to Soar: Tulip Art Sculpture

Fly high! Had to capture a close-up of this gorgeous, symmetric tulip-flowered sculpture on a sunny day in the Embarcadero Center. The tall skyscrapers lend the perfect backdrop to this image. This is the perfect balance between work and play. 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Spring Forward with Cherry Blossoms

And just in time for the Cherry Blossoms Festival (and season) in Japantown! Spring is such a wonderful time, so enjoy these gorgeous flowers before it all comes down.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Let it Glow Imagery: Fireflies' Glorious Lights

Fireflies Imagery Part I: Fireflies are so beautiful, but a rare sight!

I've never seen them in person, but recently saw some gorgeous firefly images and was so inspired by its beauty and eccentricity that I decided to create my own. This was originally a photo from a botanical garden but after enhancing the contrast, sharpening, darkening, and adding other effects to the image, I included the glowing yellow fireflies and its emitting lights in the surrounding area to create this imagery. These artsy firefly lights resemble bright sunflowers in the distance...

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Classic Stroll with Hint of Surprise

While strolling northeast on an overcast day, I noticed this luminous building that offered such stunning reflections of nearby buildings, trees, and more. I adored it so much that I took multiple pics in different angles. But what I did not notice (until I reviewed the photo later) was that there was also a reflection of the Space Needle! Such an unexpected surprise. I also decided to add a pale pink filter to the photo to liven up the fresh winter-spring vibe.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Modern Luxury Design: Library's Stunning Architecture

The North Beach Public Library in San Francisco is the last one in the series to be constructed...but it is all worth the wait. With the new Central Subway in progress, this design is paving the way for a very bright, innovative future.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Westin St. Francis Luxurious Lights Collage

I probably have an obsession with glistening lights, unique chandeliers, and decorations...the lights in this hotel are beyond outstanding. I created a collage with some of the coolest displays at Westin St. Francis and decided to include white shapes and faded lights as the background behind the images.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Vintage Reality: Captured In the Moment

Such a beautiful area with cool art displays and arrangements. I decided to blur out the photo and include various effects to it for a vintage, timeless, artsy vibe. The pink background and sepia filter also heightened the mysterious, enchanting quality of this image, giving a feeling of lasting a lifetime.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Blank Space Skyscraper Reflection

This building is spectacular--I saw it and knew I needed to capture it. I love how the building is so simplistic yet gives off a very city-chic vibe and perfectly complements the gray sky. The reflections on the building showcases brief snapshots of other architecture across the street and beyond.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Tower Away with the Golden Gate Bridge

Trekked across the Golden Gate Bridge--about an hour or so--in the fog! With strong winds blowing and chilly temps, it was hard to see what was ahead...but luckily as the day went on, the sky cleared out and the view of the tower emerged.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Palace Hotel Chandeliers Collage

Sparkly, glam, gorgeous chandeliers seen inside this famed Palace Hotel in San Francisco. Yes, the stunning view of the Garden Court practically steals the show--but these chandeliers are excellent contenders as well--marvel at them from the distance!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Frozen Streams of Waterfall Dreams

I loved everything about the Frozen Disney movie: the super-catchy soundtrack (who can let it go?), touching storyline, and endearing characters. But what really stood out were the beautiful graphics (aurora, snowflakes, all that magical ice, streams of blue color everywhere).

I was so inspired by the all the imagery in the movie and decided to use one of their waterfall wallpapers as the background for this picture. Olaf and Sven the reindeer join me on the tree log. Originally this was a picture of me gazing into the trees, but it looks even more enchanting to stare at a frozen stream of waterfall and trees with my fellow I added the cool Frozen background as a lovely backdrop along with my favorite characters. 

Source of Original Background: Disney's Frozen Waterfall

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Wish Upon the Sky: Stunning Feathery Clouds

Soft, feathery cirrus clouds seen throughout the blue sky and beyond. Such a beautiful moment that had to be captured while hiking in the city.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Inspiration: The Beauty and Wonders of Time

"We never realize how valuable time is until it's gone." Always make the best of every moment and try to find meaning behind every decision and opportunity.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Art Sculptures: Futuristic Shapes To Come

One of the coolest art displays in one of the four Embarcadero Centers--so many different shapes make up this sculpture and it looks marvelous in all angles. This is the perfect inspiration to let your creativity run wild! 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Majestic Sunrise by the Bay

Rewarded with a gorgeous sunrise at the balcony after a night filled with stormy weather.

A beautiful fresh start for a new day in a brand new year!