B&W grooving on a rainy day

It’s a very rainy Christmas day here in the SF Bay Area–meaning no outdoor photo opportunities. So it’s back to the 10,000 mile collection. Here’s two I think work well in black and white (à la my new Nik Silver Efex Pro Photoshop plugin):

This was the Saskatoon station in the early morning on our way east. Like I said before, not all Canadian train stations are palatial.

Saskatoon train station in the morning

And a couple of thousand miles up the tracks, this is different view from our first room at the Hotel Belley in Quebec City (it was obviously rainy, but I was looking out from our cozy, dry hotel room).

Scene from our window at Hotel Belley

Canon G11 exhibiting the memory of an elephant.

Red jacket

During the 10,000 mile trip, I made a point of grabbing a shot through the train window whenever we made short stops at stations where continuing passengers couldn’t get off the train. This one is from somewhere in New Brunswick on the ride between Halifax and Charny. It’s an odd juxtaposition–the gray skies and dilapidated building, the neat line of discarded freezers, and the girl in a red jacket talking on a cell phone… kind of “mysterious.”

Red jacket along the way

Canon G11 at a train stop somewhere in eastern Canada.

Commute redux

It’s been a while since I grabbed some commute photos. Today the rain subsided so I scooted off the freeway at the Mill Valley turnoff to grab some shots. Also, I’m demoing Nik Silver Effects Pro–hence more black and white. First impression… it’s the shite! Great PS plugin! No doubt I’ll pay the price of admission because it’s much more robust than the built in Photoshop black and white filter.

Mt Tamalpais enveloped in clouds after the storm:

Petaluma Bridge

And looking northeast towards Hwy 101:

Petaluma Bridge

Canon G11 back on the commute route.

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