Hello everyone!! The only thing I can say is WWOOWW !! THANK YOU very much for ALL your kind comments about my images. I am so incredibly honored and humbled to have been published on “Freshly Pressed”. The post has received more than 12.000 hits so far and I now have couple hundred subscribers ! I want to also thank all of you who “liked” the post. I am really happy that you find my images inspiring and entertaining, as that is my main purpose… inspiring others. I am glad that through my images a lot of you felt compelled and inspired to visit CA, and some of you living here felt compelled to visit these amazing places ! :). Please do it. You will love them !
Among the hundreds of comments I read I also found many questions. I will try to answer some of them here, but for some more specific ones I will do it later in a more individual way.
First, I use a Nikon D300 camera. I know some of you wanted to know the specific settings I used for certain images and I will try to answer that later. The vibrant colors (sky, walls, etc) are achieved using a relatively small aperture when the image is taken, and then working with curves in photoshop.
Here are the some images I took at the AMAZING Paul Getty Museum which I believe is one the biggest museums in the western United States. I have seen many other museums in the U.S and in Europe, but this one just became one of my favorites! Its modern, 21 century architecture, size and the quality of its exhibits set it aside from the rest of the other museums in the country. Admission is FREE by the way!! Can you believe that? They only charge $ 15.00 for parking and that is it. So put this one on your list as well ! 🙂
As a quick addition, I just want to explain that my style on photographing cityscapes and architecture is very personal. I purposely do not use a wide angle lens for this. For me certain perspectives and sections of a building are more visually interesting than the building itself. I tend to capture what is not obvious to the naked eye and I perceive in an intuitive way, harmonious compositions of angles, light and backgrounds. I really hope you enjoy the new images. Stay tuned for Part III. Much more to come ! 🙂
I love this tree!! Isolating its branches against the cloudless sky created such a unique image.
Another thing I like to include in my compositions when it works is the presence of “one person”…. usually located in the middle of the frame. In this image above the person walking by gave the image a lot more life… and it also worked great with the perspective.
Back lit situations are very tricky to capture. They require a great deal of metering and bracketing in order to find the right exposure. I love everything about this image above. The lines of the building are amazing, the bright light in the background shows you what a clear day it was and immediately gives you a very happy emotional response, and the people peeking through the glass gives the image an element of fun! This was a mini model of the museum showing all the wings. It is so interesting to me how differently we are affected when looking at an image of something big and vast versus something so close and small…I really LOVE this image! The light is gorgeous, the colors are amazing and photographing the reflection of the building instead of the building itself made this image more visually exciting.