Tag Archives: California

It's a Small World

I took my girls to Disneyland last week. It was kind of our last family trip as the girls are starting to set their own paths as they move on to college and start their own lives away from home. It was a nice chance to disconnect and spend some quality time with my girls and have some fun.

I just took my Fuji X-T1 on the trip and I’ll have to say it was a pleasure to just have a small camera with me which I mostly carried with my Nitz Strap wrist strap or easily fit into a small bag. Being weather sealed it even took a nice splash on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

Here’s a little silhouette I captured as the sun was setting and we were waiting in line for the “It’s a Small World” ride. I never thought I would get tired of the ride, but after the 3rd trip through on the ride I think I had my fill. I still can’t get the song out of my head!

it's a small world

It’s a Small World – Disneyland |Click to Enlarge/Purchase

Capture Notes:

Posted in b&w, Disneyland, Fuji X-T1 Also tagged , , , |

The Golden Gate

I thought I would take you to the West Coast today. This is the Golden Gate Bridge spanning the San Francisco bay from the San Francisco Peninsula to Marin County. This is my monochrome take on one of the Wonders of the World.

The Golden Gate

Click to Enlarge

Capture Notes:

Posted in architecture, b&w, California, Canon 5D Mk II, Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L USM, Golden Gate Bridge, Nik Software, San Francisco, Silver Efex Pro 2 Also tagged , , , , , , , |

The Golden Gate Bridge

Happy Valentines Day!  I thought today I’d bring you an image from the city where the Summer of Love movement started back in 1967, San Francisco.

One of the icons of San Francisco is The Golden Gate Bridge, which goes over the Golden Gate from the San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean.  The bridge is part of US 101 that takes you from San Francisco to Marin County. I captured The Golden Gate Bridge on this day after the fog had rolled out of the bay giving way to a glorious summer afternoon.  This image was captured from Battery Park just above Fort Point.

Have a great Tuesday!

Golden Gate Bridge - ©2012 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Click for Licensing through iStockphoto

Capture Notes:

Posted in California, Canon 5D Mk II, Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L USM, Golden Gate Bridge, landscape, onOne Software Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Carmel Sunset

Back to Carmel Beach today.  I thought I would share a photo taken just a bit earlier in the sunset from Cypress Sunset along the beach near the waves.  I think I need a warm vacation!

Carmel Sunset - ©2011 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Click to Enlarge - Carmel Sunset - ©2011 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Capture Notes:

Posted in beach, California, Canon 5D Mk II, Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L USM, Carmel, landscape, nature, ocean, onOne Software, silhouette, sunset Also tagged , , , , , , , |

Cypress Sunset

Last week I had a quick change of plans and ended up on the west coast instead of the east coast.  I was hoping to spend some time in New York during the holidays, but I can’t complain about being in a warmer climate last week.  I thought this week I’d share some of that warmth with my followers.  I wish I could bring the warmth to you, but I can’t so I’ll bring the warmth to you in pictures.

I had the pleasure of visiting the Monterrey Peninsula and was able to take a quick afternoon trip down to Carmel Beach.  Carmel is the home of some Clint Eastwood and Pebble Beach Golf Course and some of the most amazing coastline I’ve ever seen!  Carmel beach was a soft white sand and let’s just say the sunset that everyone told me about did not disappoint.  I captured this scene as I was walking back up from the beach.  There were cypress trees up and down the coast and just seemed to be placed strategically to make for a perfect landscape.  I don’t think I could ever get tired of looking at sunsets here in Carmel.

Cypress Sunset - ©2011 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Click to Enlarge - Cypress Sunset - ©2011 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

If you missed my post yesterday, my iPhone Instagram Photo, Hailstorm,  was featured in Crave on CNET yesterday.

Check out the article here on Crave!

Capture Notes:

Posted in beach, Canon 5D Mk II, Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L USM, Carmel, Cypress, nature, ocean, onOne Software, sunset, trees Also tagged , , , , , |

Union Square at Night

Today’s post takes you back to San Francisco.  San Francisco is such a beautiful town with so many things to see and do in the area.  I think I could have spent two or three weeks there.  It’s definitely on my list of cities to visit again in the near future.  This shot is of Union Square.  It’s the hub for shopping, hotel, and theater district in San Francisco.  This one block area is the largest collections of department stores, upscale boutiques, tourist trinket shops, art galleries, and salons in the United States.

I took this picture around midnight.  The shops were closed and the only a few people were stirring around the square including one homeless person looking to have his picture taken.  I gave him a couple of bucks and he was on his way to let me frame this scene in peace.

In this scene the tall monument in the center of the plaza is the Dewey monument.  It is 97 ft (30 m) tall monument to Admiral George Dewey for his victory in the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War.   The tall sky rise behind it is the Sir Francis Drake Hotel.

Union Square San Francisco - ©Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Union Square San Francisco - ©Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Capture Notes:

  • Camera:  Canon EOS 5D Mk II
  • Lens:  Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L USM
  • ISO: 800
  • Focal Length:  24mm
  • Aperture:  f/16
  • Shutter Speed: 10 sec.
  • Exposure Bias:  2 ev
  • Post Processing:  Aperture – various adjustments, cropped to 8X10, sized for web.
Posted in California, Canon 5D Mk II, Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L USM, long exposure, San Francisco, Union Square Also tagged , , , |