Monday, December 18, 2017

Aerial View of Orange-Blue Twilight Skies

Darkness almost approaching after the sunset. I peered outside the window and saw these wispy clouds and orange-blue hues spread across the sky, sitting high above the bright lights. I had to capture this peaceful, glorious moment before it faded.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Sparkly Holiday Ribbons and Bows Imagery

Nothing like dazzling, shimmering ribbons and bows in festive colors to brighten up your day. I decided to do another round of holiday photography for bows and took a pic of all of them aligned neatly in a box.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Polar Bears Climbing Christmas Tree Decorations

Couldn't resist taking this adorable photo of polar bear stuffed animals climbing up a lit Christmas tree. The faux snow on the bottom added to the scenery and made it a perfect festivity.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Orange Sunset Glow at the San Francisco Bay Bridge

The perfect time of the day when the entire sky is painted in gorgeous yellow, orange, red and pink hues. After waiting for the perfect timing (and lighting), I captured this glowing orange sky as the sun began to set on the opposite side.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Fairmont Hotel's Aqua-Green and Red Gingerbread House

Can't celebrate the holidays without walking inside a massive gingerbread house! Fairmont Hotel has amazing gingerbread houses each year and this one from 2016 is no different. Red, green, white and yellow colors and sparkling lights....holidays, here we come!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Hyatt Regency's Cascading Lights and Eclipse Art Sculpture

Cascading Lights Part II: Cascading Lights dazzle around the atrium in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency hotel, making it for a magnificent, festive look all around. A gorgeous Eclipse art display and sculpture adds on to the sensational effect and offers an early glimpse into the wintry, holiday season.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

LACMA's Urban Light Sculpture and Art Inspiration

The beautiful, iconic Urban Light sculpture and display outside LACMA museum is such an intriguing landmark that is a must-see for all. Photo op? Check. Looking at the row of lights from day to night? Double check.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

City Skyscrapers Covered in Snowflakes Imagery

In the middle of fall...but never too early to think of winter.

I decided to change this perfect blue sky day photo with a pink filter effect and add snowflakes to it. I was inspired by a Christmas card I received a while back and thought why not?

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Bright, Saturated Day at the Golden Gate Bridge

Picture perfect clear blue sky type of day! Wandered into a different side of the Presidio and saw this perspective and view of the Golden Gate Bridge so of course, this had to be captured (through the fence). Love the mix of the greenery and the scenic mountain backdrop of the North Bay.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Empire Park's Orange-Tinted Shadows and Reflections

Small, hidden gem of a park located in between Chinatown and the Financial District. After taking this photo, I decided to add orange hues to enhance the sunny vibe and intensify the beautiful shadows all around.

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Breathtakingly Refreshing Lan Su Chinese Garden

The Lan Su Chinese Garden may be a small, hidden spot in Chinatown but the beauty of the space is astonishingly beautiful. This picture was taken early summer, but the colors of the trees offer a mixture of a fresh spring and rustic autumn vibe. Add in the pagodas, the clear lake, the partly cloudy blue skies, and we've got a winner.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Radiating Light and Sunset Colored Clouds Imagery

We all need a little extra light in our life.

While flying for a couple hours, I watched the sunny afternoon sky slowly transition into sunset and then darkness as we jumped through different time zones.

When I looked outside the plane, I noticed the clear, yellow-orange sunset and soft clouds across the sky and had to capture it immediately. It resembled the colors and natural aspects of the anime Your Name. Your Name has some of the best visual imagery of clouds and streams of radiating lights and I was inspired to use those same colorful effects here. While creating this image, I used the sunset photo as the backdrop and added in various layers to show streams of light (inspired by Perfume's Tokyo Girl MV), sunlight, clouds, sparkles and other reflections. I also added in some human aspects to this by having multiple versions of myself stepping on clouds and creating sharp reflections on the clouds.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The Canvas of Clouds Spread Across the Sky

Looked outside the window and saw these spectacular, stunning altocumulus clouds aligning so perfectly with each other a couple of hours before sunset. The stream of yellow lighting also added texture and various hues to the clouds. It's always a treat when you get such awe-inspiring aerial views of the sky from above!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Majestic Eiffel Tower at the Paris Hotel

Not the real Eiffel Tower in Paris, France but still worthy of admiration and a picture in Las Vegas! After a nice stroll around the crowded streets at the strip, I decided to capture this golden structure and all its glory. A quick subtle pink filter gives it a nice, soft pastel vibe. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Night Light Streams of Reflections at Cuyahoga River

Sunlight becomes sunset. Sunset becomes twilight. Twilight becomes dusk and as we got closer to pure darkness, I had to capture this gorgeous view of Cleveland Memorial Shoreway in Cleveland. The lights glimmered so magnificently and the clear skies made the reflections even more stunning. So many different colored lights adorned this bridge making it one of my favorite bridge photos.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Victorian-Style Atrium at the Cleveland Arcade

Stunning structure in downtown Cleveland featuring the Hyatt Regency hotel along with numerous shops and spectacular views throughout, including the glass skylight design of the atrium. I decided to lighten the photo a bit more and enhance the saturation and contrast. The result? It brought out some unexpected pastel, rainbow gradient hues and extra details of the structure that would have otherwise been missed!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Clear Blue Views of Mount Hood in the Distance

After a trek up Washington Park, we caught this beautiful, spectacular view of Mount Hood from the distance. Bright green trees and partial views of the Portland downtown skyline can also be seen from this garden.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Stunning Green Waterfall Dazzles Strawberry Hill

Another new day, another new beginning. While on a nice, serene walk, I spotted this green-hued scenic view of the waterfall in Strawberry Hill. I loved how clean and clear everything looked and decided to sharpen and brighten the image for a more sleek finish.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Treasure Island's Sparkling Skyscraper View of the City

Treasure Island can seem so far and removed from the city--and yet so close and within reach! It always offers the best views of the San Francisco skyline and this day was no different. I decided to have a little bit more fun and add pink effects to this photo along with some sun flare and sparkles. The aftermath? A soft, pastel, dreamy scenery to match.

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 (and non-shady) day.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Night Wonders of North Chicago and Lake Michigan

One of the coolest cities with dazzling, colorful lights all over the vicinity. 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.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Aerial Landscapes of San Francisco Bay Area

Finally a perfectly crisp, clear, sunny day without a single cloud in the sky. I had to capture this quickly before missing this view and angle! A beautiful city and county with so many bridges and islands within reach--and even more astonishing from above!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Jack Early Park Color Blocked Collage

A cute neighborhood park calls for a fun collage! After exploring this small park in the Telegraph Hill area, I decided to compile all the pictures into a collage and add a color-blocked theme for it. I wanted a fog effect so I grayed out the background and included some noise to polish it out.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Triangle Pyramid Architecture, Design, and Infrastructure

While walking around the city waterfront, we spotted this World Trade Center and had to get closer for a picture! The building had some of the most spectacular glass art and designs. What especially caught our eye was this sky bridge which had glass panel walls and columns with a triangle-shaped theme. The mid-afternoon sunlight added on to this stunning bridge and provided some awe-inspiring reflections.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Portland's Twilight Night Waterfront Reflections

Colorful, glowing night lights in the city of Portland by the waterfront. We spent a few hours walking along the water, watching it from daylight to twilight. The reflections by the river become more striking and visible as the day gets dimmer and darker, making for a very stunning water imagery.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Heavenly Multnomah Falls of Oregon

Greenery at its best. On a cloudy, misty day, we trekked up to view this famous stream of waterfall. So calm, so scenic, a must-see for all.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Modern Skyscraper's Clear Glass Cube Reflections

One of the biggest standouts in downtown Portland. The beautifully stacked glass cubes form a pyramid at the front of this building offering clear, clean-cut views of the clouds and trees in sharp, vivid hues.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Historical Sutro Baths in Land's End

Reading up on the history of the famous Sutro Baths is always a delight. Did you know it used to be a swimming pool? Today, it's a well-known, historical landmark in San Francisco right by Ocean Beach, surrounded by the Cliff House (which used to resemble a mansion), and the lovely Land's End mountain, rocks, and trails. On a perfectly crystal-clear day, I captured a view of this epic scenery from above.

Monday, May 29, 2017

City of Palm Trees: Famous Los Angeles Sunset

Everywhere you go around Los Angeles're pretty much surrounded by palm trees. It makes for a fantastic, scenic drive despite all the traffic. Up above in a cozy room near downtown, I see this gorgeous view of palm trees in the distance during sunset and had to capture this classic beauty. I added some sun flare, enhanced the saturation with pinkish orange hues, and blurred it out for a vintage-y vibe worth remembering for.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

It's a Cacti Party - Rows of Cactus in the Desert

Chances of me exploring the desert are very the best way of touring the area? Through a desert garden in the city. In this small garden area, no shade can be found and hundreds of cacti surround us. Danger is everywhere...but seeing all of these plants together is a wondrous treat for all.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Magic Wonders of the Garden: Salmon-Yellow Colored Rose

So many bright flowers in the Pacific Heights neighborhood, making this hilly hike a beautiful walk in nature. This one in particular caught my eye; I love the mix of yellow, orange, and salmon colors on this and had to capture a closeup pic.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Eastern Span Architecture of Bay Bridge at Sunset

The brand new (only a few years old!) eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bridge is known for its spectacular design and architecture. The best way to capture this view? Close up and during sunset on a clear, cloudless day.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Cityscape Views of Magnificent San Francisco

One of those days where you have absolutely no complaints because the sky is so clear and blue and the city is radiating with beauty. Captured this Cityscape view of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge and the rest of the northwest side of the city on a cloudless, spectacular day.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Secret Garden: Exquisite Colors and Imagery

The animated drama 5 Centimeters per Second has some of the best and most creative artwork...ever. Every time I create something, I look back at the anime's design for inspiration. The use of colors and visual imagery continues to evoke new ideas in my work and I particularly love how they depict reality with such a dreamy quality.

While editing this photo of a small bridge at a park, I decided to change up the hues and saturation with a range of pastel blue, purple, and pink colors for a smooth, delicate look and feel. A little bit of blur adds on to the etherealness of it and provides a mix of serenity and illusory to reality.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Legion of Honor Museum's Column Architecture

Stunning neoclassical art and architecture can be found at the interior and exterior of the Legion of Honor museum. With a partly cloudy sky and beautiful sunlight from all directions, the building radiates from afar.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Summer's Dream: Aqua and Pink Palm Tree Delight

Walked around a spacious, mysterious park filled with all sorts of natural wonders. After a half hour, I stumbled upon gorgeous palm tree goodness and had to get a closeup of this one! These are naturally green colored leaves (of course) but I decided to change up the hues to give it a tropical, summer vibe by adding aqua and pink hues. Vacation state of we come!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Kaleidoscopic-Colored Lights of Chicago Skyscrapers

The city with one of the most breathtaking, colorful, awe-inspiring skylines? Chicago, for sure, is one of them. I loved looking out the window over 90 floors above ground level, peering outside into the night lights of the city, seeing every movement, building, and vast scenery in front of me. At this moment, you realize how small yet how big the world truly is. We're all in this together; let's work hard together and make the world a better place for everyone.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Stunning Cherry Red Flower in Bonsai Garden

Absolutely bright and beautiful rare flower found at a small bonsai garden. With the perfect sunlight after the morning rain, I captured a striking closeup of this flower!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Light Sunrise Across the Bay Bridge Waters

Waking up bright and early can be cumbersome but with this gorgeous, clear sunrise of the Bay Bridge to start my day, it is all worth it.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Walking on Air: Intriguing Clouds and Colorful Skies

The world is vast and full of wonders everywhere. Take a step forward, seize that opportunity, and be fearless. Reach for those dreams. Achieve that milestone. Don't look back and don't give up.

After seeing some breathtaking clouds while flying through the California skies, I decided to create an image where I'm walking on thin air, stepping on clouds and fully enjoying the scenery. I changed the sky and gave it a mix of blur, noise, rainbow hues and circle patterns for a transformative look. I also added some sun flare and blur to the clouds for extra sparkle.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Bright Cherry Blossom Flowers in Nature

When it's officially spring time, the first thing that comes to mind is beautifully bright, gorgeous white and pink sakura flowers! And just in time for my annual photo.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Bursting Through Clouds: Dramatic Aerial Photography

That moment when you peer out the window and see your plane moving across the sky with a stream of puffy, heavenly clouds surrounding the nearby area, covering (and then revealing) any (and every) hint of sunlight.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Oakland Zoo's Impressive Giraffes and Reflections

One of the best highlights of going to the Oakland Zoo was seeing these long, tall, gorgeous giraffes! We couldn't get enough of them and kept taking more and more pictures. I wanted to capture them in action and also their stunning reflections. Post-process, I decided to reduce the saturation and give it more of a slight black and white effect.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Serene + Calming Nature: Lafayette Park Collage

A sunny, breezy day makes the perfect day to escape to a beautiful hilly park in the city. I loved how tranquil this park is, the spectacular views it offers of nearby mansions, the Twin Peaks mountains and the breathtaking blue sky. I added light pastel touches of pink and blue to this collage to further magnify the peaceful scene.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Striking Aurora Lights and Dazzling Stars Imagery

I'm always in awe of breathtaking, magnificent landscape scenery. Unfortunately, it's more of an uncommon scenario where you have to be there at the right place at the right time...and most likely, it comes unexpectedly. I decided to create my own version of aurora lights and sparkling stars imagery by altering a simple photo of a mountain completely. I added stars to the background. changed the hues, contrast, and saturation of the orange-green sky, and created slight reflections and gradient to the ocean. The aftermath is a bright and radiant picture with different textures and hues that offer fresh inspirations.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Aerial Glimpse of Snowy, Cloudy Mountains

Saw this stunning aerial view of snowy mountains and clouds hovering above and had to capture it before I missed the moment!