Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Seattle's Spectacular Skyline at Night


Sensational. Ravishing. Stunning skyscraper skyline view of Seattle at night on a clear day with intriguing lights and the bay surrounding the city, along with the Space Needle.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada Collage


Las Vegas is always over the top in every way with exaggerated buildings, decorations, lights, and decor, so why not combine all the adventures into one large collage, postcard style? After putting all these images together, I added in various blurred pastel colors in the background for a dreamy, cool feel.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Sensational Skyscraper and Tree Light Illuminations


Ahh the holidays. The days may be shorter but the lights are always brighter...and more electrifying. I love these lighted trees and wanted to capture it with the illuminating lights on the edges of the skyscraper in the background at the Embarcadero. And to keep things fun and adventurous, I decided to change the traditional golden yellow lights to a cooler, blue silver color base. After enhancing the contrast and saturation, I think I have the ideal image!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Ethereal Pink and Blue Skyscrapers In the Sky


Life is all about perspective. I see these skyscrapers all the time but wanted to look at it from a different angle. After taking and examining the photo closer, I decided to make adjustments to the hues by desaturating it, lightening the overall effect, and including dreamy pastel pink and blue shades to make the true details stand out on its own.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Shimmering Christmas Tree Lights Under the Dome


Westfield Mall Part I: I was so excited to see this gleaming display right under the dome at the Westfield mall! This upside down Christmas tree adds the perfect festivities and touches to the holiday season.

No matter what obstacles you may face...look at the season's best lights and get inspired again. Continue moving forward and reaching for the stars...even when the dark, short, and gloomy wintry days may say otherwise...

Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

San Francisco Bay Bridge at Sunset Hour


Every picture no matter how ordinary or bland can become lively when taken during the golden hours.

This day was no exception...while we crossed the Bay Bridge I had to capture this before I missed my chance...as the color in the sky changes rapidly during this time of day!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Sparkling Aqua and Coral Snowflakes Imagery


Winter is coming faster than we know it.

I was cleaning out my closet and was inspired by my aqua snowflake t-shirt--the color, the texture, the snowflake design--so I decided to create an image based off of that. Aqua and coral are one of the best color combos so I used that as the main gradient for this picture. I also added various snowflake designs and sizes in gray and white hues. Last but not least, I wanted to give it a sparkly effect and add extra emphasis and uniqueness to the snowflakes...so noise, shadows, and a mixture of textured colors are a must.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Lake Michigan's Gleaming Night Light Reflections


A chilly, cool night doesn't stop us from exploring the gorgeous Lake Michigan from the Navy Pier. The stunning purple ferris wheel and other nearby lights create strong, illuminating reflections on the waters.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Dynamic Violet and Green Flowers in Nature


This Lincoln Park conservatory had lots of amazing and astonishing flowers--so unique that most of them seemed artificial....this Persian Shield flower was one of my favorite ones and stood out with its vibrant hue and sharp details.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Aerial Views of the Nevada Desert


Weather report: sunny skies with a few clouds in the early morning hours.

Along the way, we flew past major cities (which is always exciting) but slowly and surely..the views became interchangeable with mountains and deserts for the majority of the flight.

Until one quick moment...I spotted Walker Lake! Love this mysterious and one-of-a-kind wonder that showed up out of nowhere. It really added to the scene and I had to capture this peculiar image.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Autumn's Ray of Light: Skyscraper Sunset Reflections


The perfect lighting and glow from the mid-afternoon sunshine light--with stunning reflections of other nearby structures. I decided to add warmer tones to the photo to intensify the sunset color vibes.

Friday, October 28, 2016

City of Dreams: Pastel Landscape and Skyline Imagery


The world of San Franokyo - the beautiful mix of San Francisco and Tokyo blended together. Inspired by Big Hero 6's depiction of the two combined cities, I decided to create a version with the unique skyline of San Francisco surrounding the famous Mount Fuji of Japan. Merging these two together gives a blended, futuristic look to the city by the bay. I also added pastel, pink hues, lightened the overall image, and added the infamous fog to the scene.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Halcyon Days of Mission Bay Collage


Any time I need a bit of tranquility in my life...anything in nature always helps. Mission Bay is thriving and quickly becoming one of my favorite spots. After capturing all these calming, blue scenic images, I decided to compile everything into a collage. Adding seashells, faded circles in pastel tones, and ocean hues in the background transports us back to the carefree summer days.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Picture-Perfect Portrait: Lions In the Zoo


Made it in time before the zoo closed! Captured these magnificent lions relaxing and enjoying the attention as we followed their every move.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Night Sights: Illuminating Post-Twilight Skyscraper Lights


Almost missed the last drop of light...but made it just in time (a minute before it became fully dark)! Gorgeous skyscraper and street lights are seen all across Seattle with the Space Needle towering right in front of us.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Before the Sunset: Purple Lights By the Waterfront


Perfect day (albeit a bit breezy) by the waters. The light is gorgeous just a few hours before sunset and the trees looked so nice when we took a break to admire the scene. After capturing the serenity of this, I decided to filter the image a bit with a purple-pink effect to add onto the classic sunset vibe.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The New Mission Bay: Modern Luxury and Architecture


More than 10 years ago, this district did not even exist and was just a flat land...now there's new high rises spotted all around China Basin and the surrounding area. After taking a peaceful, sunny stroll around the basin, I spotted this gorgeous reflection of the complexes nearby and had to capture this moment!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Gorgeous Pink Flowers Blossom: Streets of Los Angeles


One of the coolest blocks that I walked through on my short stroll across the city. Pink flowers are blooming all around with the wind blowing them across the streets...

So peaceful, so delicate...reminds you to enjoy and appreciate the beauty in every moment.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Stunning Beach House Architecture and Design


As summer comes to an end, clear blue skies and water from this beach house sets a reminder that summer is a state of mind. This carefree bliss and effortless feeling can be found year round...wherever you are.

Always remember to pause and take a few steps back to reflect and enjoy life. And never be afraid for a fresh new start.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Enchanting Night Imagery: Glowing Fireflies Light Effect


Fireflies Imagery Part II: Imagine walking into a beautiful garden with glowing firefly lights along with jewel-toned colored plants and trees surrounding the area. Now imagine staring at that forever.

Nights like these are so rare...and often cannot be seen in city-like spaces. I decided to create my own magical, endearing scene to capture that moment. I darkened this garden, enhanced the contrast, hue and saturation and made other color adjustments to give the bright glow-in-the-dark look. I added in some firefly lights in the near distance to further elevate the fascinating scene.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Bird's-eye View: Marin County's Stellar Landscape


After a long, pleasant, somewhat exhausting hike, this stunning view of Marin County and San Francisco bay greets us at the top. I was amazed by how blue the waters were and loved watching the fog come and go as the day progresses.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Sky and Clouds Skyscraper Glass Reflections


Glass building with reflections of the blue sky and clouds nearby. I loved watching the clouds move and had to capture the movement and the overall scene! I lightened the image a bit to add more emphasis on the cloud and sky mirrored images.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Dazzling Golden Silver Chandelier Lights Collage


As always, Westin St Francis hotel has the most elaborate chandeliers ever. You can see different versions of them gleaming from the lobby and the dozens of meeting rooms. I decided to compile these in a collage (along with other details like the ornate stairs and escalator) and add a slight grey overlay to the cloned chandeliers in the background.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Soft Turquoise Waves By the Hidden Island


Soft, silky blue-green ocean waves steal the show during this 8-mile hike. Stunning blue sky, fresh ocean and crisp weather surround us on this journey.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Magnetic Aqua and Pink Garden Water Reflections


One of the oldest Japanese Gardens in the area with super stunning pagodas, plants, and lakes all around.

I decided to manipulate the image with various contrasts and effects to bring out the lush textures of the scene. Different shades of aqua green leaves and lavender pink skies reflect upon the waters, offering a soft, dreamy quality and aesthetic to the garden.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Exotic Conservatory of Flowers Botanical Garden


Beautiful botanical garden with an array of unique aquatic, lowland, and highland plants and flowers inside and outside the greenhouse. The best spot? This area with a circle design that offers a glimpse of what's more to come as you head to the other side...

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Luminous Monochrome Architecture and Design


Superb modern building in the city with reflections of clouds and the sun gleaming throughout each of the glass windows. After taking the photo at this specific angle, I lowered the saturation a bit for a monochromatic black and white vibe and then added a blue singular color for an unexpected flair.

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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Whimsical Pastel Sunset on the Canyon


After capturing the clear view of the canyon on the plane, I decided to have a little fun with the photo and create different effects. After adding a dreamy sunset to the background and altering the colors to give it an orange-pink vibe, I tweaked the imagery even more with rough pastels for a smooth painterly vibe. One last element? Incorporating some human aspect to the photo.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Iconic Space Needle Shines Beneath the Clouds


A gray day in the city with drizzling rain, but even that cannot dampen the mood during my mid-afternoon walk. After strolling for half an hour, this stunning tower greets me and stands strong with the gray skies as the backdrop.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Lights and Water Reflections During Twilight Hours


Pier 7 at Night Part III: After the sun sets across the city, the colors in the sky begin to fade and darken. Lights are gleaming and glowing all over the skyscraper skyline. Straight rows of lights are aligned on the walkway, radiating their own gorgeous reflections all across the waters during the twilight hours.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Abstract Glow In the Dark Lights Collage


One of the coolest rooms ever with gorgeous lights in green, blue, and purple shades and abstract designs all over the walls. I decided to have a little bit of fun with this and clone multiple versions to create a stunning collage that leaves everything to the imagination.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Cutting-Edge Innovation: Futuristic Skyscraper Arises


With all these new skyscraper innovations (advanced, twisted, revolutionary ones) thriving in the future, it's great to look into the now and observe current modern shapes. This one looks like any other ordinary skyscraper on the surface level....but with the light reflecting at specific angles of the building...it is beyond stunning. Reflections of other nearby skyscrapers and streams of sunlight give this various tones, textures, and contrasts. I lightened the overall image a bit, sharpened the exteriors, and gave it an extra green-blue effect to further highlight the soaring tower. Cheers to the future!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Architectural Sculptures and Rooftop Gardens Collage


One of the best rooftop gardens in the neighborhood with unique, distinctive architectural sculptures and skyscraper views all around the vicinity. Perfect for a lunch break and a quiet stroll during the day.

After compiling the photos together, I blurred out the background's grey and light blue hues to make the main images take center stage.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Tropical Vacation Style: Pink Skies and Palm Trees Bliss


When you open those doors and see sunshine streaming back at you. The relaxing atmosphere and carefree palm trees all around the resort bring back those sweet summer vibes. We're one step closer to paradise!

I added a faded pink filter effect to give this a vintage-y summer vibe, something timeless, classic, and memorable...a piece we can relate to for many years to come.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

The Beautiful Pyramid: Las Vegas' Luxor Hotel


Caught this stunning image of the Egypt-themed pyramid hotel during sunset. The perfectly-aligned palm trees and soft lighting added to the glamorous feel of the structure and needed to be captured.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Bay Lights: Spectacular Sculpture and Illuminations


This iconic light sculpture is brightening up the city again with changing, moving lights illuminating all across the bay during the night hours.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Rising Above the California Clouds


Up in the air above the clouds. Stunning views of the bright blue sky, low cumulus clouds, and the spotty aerial views of nearby cities and towns.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Sunset Streams of Tropical Palm Trees


Thin, tall palm trees align perfectly in a row on a picture-perfect day. I adjusted the hues with a faded sunset filter effect to give it an awesome summer Cali vibe.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Seattle State of Mind: Luminous Lights After Dark


Stunning night lights of nearby skyscrapers and vast views all across the city are seen on the 73rd floor. Perfect clear sights from the soaring heights call for a fresh perspective on the local landscape. Welcome to the life from the other side..so far removed from reality.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Sky's the Limit: Land's End Architectural View


Clear blue skies at Land's End in San Francisco equals a day of hiking and fun. The picturesque weather and striking landscape calls for a picture. While standing in the shade and admiring the view, I noticed how stunning it looks with this structure facing the ocean. The glass reflection, exterior design, and shadow add extra depth to the image. I enhanced the contrast and added more blue hues to the picture to intensify the cool factor.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Dazzling Peach Flower in the Spring


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After spotting this one-of-a-kind pink peach flower in the backyard, Dad had to zoom in and capture this flower before the rain came! 

Monday, March 7, 2016

The Delicate Beauty of Cherry Blossoms Collage


Pink, gorgeous, pastel sakura cherry blossom flowers are so lovely during the spring. The atmosphere is suddenly cleaner, brighter, and more beautiful with delightful flowers blooming everywhere.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

A Breath of Fresh Air: Trees Aligning In the Horizon


A partly cloudy day in the city with rows and rows of stunning leafless trees aligned together right outside of City Hall, adding to the urban beauty of the Civic Center district.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Twilight After the Sunset: Aerial Views of Seattle


That moment when you look outside the plane and see the twilight sky colors and beautifully lit buildings perfectly complementing each other beneath you.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

A Blanket of Stars: Blue-Green Landscape and Imagery


I've always been fascinated by celestial photography and imagery, whether real or artificial. It's hard to see millions of stars in the sky when you're in the city....so I decided to create my own star image by adding different blue strokes in the sky to create a blanket of stars and distort them for a playful effect. I also added yellow-green-blue gradient tones to give off a pretty twilight vibe and a few trees and snowflakes to heighten the scene.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Pure Luxury: Radiant Lumina Architecture


Lumina SF is the newest, most luxurious set of condos in the city with stunning, sweeping views of the Bay Bridge, skyscrapers, the bay....you name it. The time of day and changing weather patterns create awe-inspiring light reflections of the building.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Circle of Life: Deep Blue Party Lights


The most stunning palette ever--deep blue light illuminations adorn the interiors of this party venue. Different streams of circles are displayed across the ceiling making for a very memorable evening.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Magical Tree: The Secrets of Enlightenment


Future's Past art sculpture image Part II: This gorgeous art display created by Kate Raudenbush is filled with beautiful intricacies inside and out, starting with a defining auburn-colored bodhi tree at the top. Special twist? This exceptional pyramid also glows at night (with a glow-in-the-dark green color) and can be seen far into the distance.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Festive Chinese Lanterns Sweep the Sky


Crimson red lanterns deck the sky and the city for the upcoming Lunar New Year and the forthcoming Lantern Festival. I decided to get a close-up shot of the bright lanterns and fade the background to give a nice blurred look and feel to the overall imagery. Adding hints of pastel hues with white undertones perfect the contrast between the sharp, clear lanterns and the hazed sky. Take a closer look and you can also see the puzzle pieces effect.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Illuminating Skyscraper Lights at Twilight


Pier 7 at Night Part II: the perfect light during twilight. Waited it out after the sunset to capture this radiant scene of the city skyline. Spectacular lights adorn the edges of the Embarcadero Center skyscrapers as the lights shimmer across the waters.