Bay Area Surfing

The process of processing photos sometimes leaves me with photos that I like, but aren’t on the “process this immediately” list. I see some photos that are spectacular and need just a small amount of adjustments to publish, and then others that I mark as “look at later”. I finally had a chance to go back and re-access the “look at later” list from some recent trips I took this summer. This photo here was taken at Fort Point, near the Golden Gate Bridge. It was the middle of the day and so the sun was harsh. I was watching the surfers down near the rocks by the Golden Gate Bridge and I was intrigued that they were surfing so close to the rocks. I took some video on my iPhone and then took some shots with my 5D Mark II just to have for my scrap-book. I didn’t have my 70-200 zoom lens with me so I could really get a shot as close as I had hoped, but managed a few shots of the scene with my 24-70mm.

The first glance at this scene it was fun to look at, but nothing really spectacular to share. This second look at the scene I used a quick mask with a lens blur filter in Adobe Photoshop CS5 to try to bring out the surfer. This tilt-shift type affect seemed to do the trick with this image.

Bay Area Surfing - ©Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.
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Capture Notes:

  • The lens blur filter really does give the image a tilt shift appearance. Nice!

  • Love the tilt-shift effect on this. I almost feel as though I could pick them up and pose them in some toy shots 😉

  • That is a great scene for your vision. Awesome!

  • Thanks, guys!