San Diego

Columns at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, San Diego, Ca

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This is the side entrance to the Spreckels Pipe Organ at Balboa Park in San Diego, Ca. The pipe organ is suppose to be the largest in the world. I didn’t get a chance to see it because it was not open at the time. The grandeur of building speaks for itself. Columns are always a magnet for me to try and catch different angles that make it seem even more grandeur.

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Columns at Spreckels Organ Pavilion
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Spanish Architecture at Balboa Park, San Diego

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On a recent trip this summer to San Diego we stayed at a B&B, just walking distance from this famous park. Everyone knows about the popularity of the San Diego Zoo which is in Balboa Park, but most people miss the beautiful architecture that surrounds the park. Since taking photos of animals is not my thing, wandering around shooting buildings and landscapes is. HDR photography works best when things don’t move, since you have to take multiple pictures and then merge them together. Otherwise you get ghosting and other problems. Usually wind gives you enough problems to deal with and HDR programs provide some latitude for this as long as it is not extreme, like it was on a recent springtime trip to Arches National Park.

Spanish Architecture at Balboa Park
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San Diego Skyline

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The fog was starting to move in on San Diego one evening as we were strolling along the bay. The clouds and fog gave off bright hues of golds, yellows and browns. Other photographers were out trying to catch the skyline and complained their shots weren’t coming out very well. I told them to try shooting multiple shots at different exposures and merge them later in a program like Photomatix. I don’t know if they bothered, but I’m sure glad I did. The bay was rocking the mast of the sailboats pretty good and that was a pain to deal with the ghosting. Anti-ghosting settings in Photomatix helped, but as we know, movement doesn’t heed well with HDR.

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Balboa Park, San Diego

Spanish architecture is found on most of the buildings in Balboa Park.  Museums,gardens,amphitheatres, restaurants, and the famous San Diego Zoo is all within walking distance from the main center.The cool weather makes for pleasant strolling around this very artful park.

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Balboa Park, San Diego
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Spreckels Organ Pavilion, San Diego.

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One of the world’s largest outdoor pipe organs. John D. and Adolph Spreckels donated the organ to the city of San Diego in 1914. It sits in Balboa Park next to the zoo and museums.  Would have been nice to see the pipes, but it was not open when we were there. All the grounds in the park are beautifully manicured. This is a great place to spend the day enjoying the great weather, restaurants, art exibitions, all the museum and taking pictures. The old spanish architecture makes for great HDR photos. This one was taken with 3 photos merged in Photomatix and finished in Topaz and Photoshop CS5.

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Spreckels Pipe Organ
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The Wishing Well- Balboa Park, San Diego

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As most HDR photographers know, cloud formations add alot of character to HDR shots and a whole lot of fun in the post-processing.  San Diego this week was cloudy or should I correctly say, the “marine layer” was hovering over the city for most of the days we were there. This is great for photography, not so great if you want to lay on the beach. We spent time in Balboa Park around the museums. The Spanish Baroque architecture is elaborate and a thrill to photograph. It definitely takes you back to another era.

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