Two days of posts in a row. Can you believe it? I sure can’t. Well, it true, and below is the proof. I shot and processed this one, again with the iPhone 4S, while exploring the scenic 17-Mile Drive through Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove, on the Monterey Peninsula, in Northern California. There is such stunning beauty to behold there that I processed this in a way that would hopefully communicate the “feeling” I had while there, that is often hard to convey verbally. If ever you find yourself in that area, do go check this place out. By the way, I’ve heard (not sure of true), that this tree is owned my one of my favorite movie stars/directors, Clint Eastwood, as part of some partnership, and that the tree is either trademarked or copyrighted. If that’s true, I’d say that’s pretty lame. Anyway, behold… The Lone Cypress! By the way, the Grandfather of HDR photography himself, good old Trey Ratcliff, over at Stuck In Customs, posted a shot of the same tree over on his fab site as well, on 6 April. Check it out HERE!
Dang! It’s been almost a year since I last posted anything here. Better late than never, they say, right? So why, after all this time, am I posting now. Well, it turns out a friend of mine, known affectionately as the ‘Crusher of Dreams’, asked me about my website, so… here we are. It would not be right for her to check out the site and see an almost year old post, now would it? So, today’s post — aptly named, I think — is dedicated to the Crusher of Dreams. By the way, for those wondering, I shot and processed this with my iPhone 4S while down in Monterey, California, a wonderful place I and my family fell in love with. I posted this shot over on Instagram as well, where you can find me @jacquesgude.
- Soul Surfer
Here’s a shot I previewed a couple of months back with an iPhone photo I posted on Instagram, as well as over on Google + and here on this site. So now that I’ve finally gotten around to processing the DSLR version, I thought I’d share it. I found these old tires out in the woods (found some nasty ticks out there as well, and really loved the details in the treads, not to mention how the tires had been positioned. I couldn’t have arranged them better myself. I was going to talk a bit about how I process my photographs, but I’ll spare you the boring details. If you want to get a flavor of what I do to my photos, I walk you through my process in the videos you can find over on the top right side of this site, under Tutorials & How-Tos.
As I mentioned in my previous post, I took the time to head back to Eastern State Penitentiary (ESP), in Philadelphia, PA, this time with my Nikon D700, my super wide-angle lens, the Nikkor 14-24, and my trusty Really Right Stuff tripod. Admittedly, that kit is significantly heavier than rolling with just my iPhone, which I’ve been doing for many months now, but I think ESP is one of those places that justifies the hassle. I’ve got a few other shots I’ll post over time, including one of Al Capone’s cell (he was a “guest” at ESP in 1929, for those of you who may not know).
As planned, I made it back to Eastern State Penitentiary this past Sunday, this time with my DSLR and a few lenses. The shot you are looking at now, from one of the many writers’ blocks… er, I mean cell blocks, came out of my iPhone, as have 99 per cent of what I’ve posted here and on my blog over the last many months. I’m hoping to post a shot taken with the DSLR on Friday… maybe. Can’t decided what to process first.