Some days the commute doesn’t reveal anything worth shooting. Today was one of those days. When I got home I figured I could get a shot of something. What I got needed tweaking to make them more “interesting.” I chose two and finessed them in Photoshop.

Hammock rays

Light streaks on concrete

The top image is one end of our hammock; the other is sun streaks on concrete.

Large files and high resolution open up a lot of possibilities for tweaking.

Canon G11.

Ocean Beach

Today’s commute photo: This scene perfectly suits my mood. I took the beach route for the last leg of the city section of my commute home. This is how Ocean Beach has looked for the past month. But hey, it’s summertime in San Francisco!

Ocean Beach

Because my commute photos are “run and gun” I don’t have time for filters or a tripod. For steadiness I sat the G11 on the wall that runs along the promenade. Once I had the shot on my computer, I used Photoshop’s “Shadow/Highlight” image adjustment feature to simulate a neutral density grad effect and darken the bright, foggy sky.

Canon G11, and the incessant summer fog of the coastal Bay Area.

Where to begin

After a decade hiatus from cameras I’ve begun to rekindle my interest in photography–this time digital. To get started I needed a camera (obviously), so this past April I bought myself a Canon G11. The G11 is a great little camera. To be able to use filters (mainly a circular polarizer) I added Lensmate’s “A” and “B” adapters.

As an exercise I decided to post a daily “commute photo” on my Facebook page. Because I have a long work commute the idea was “run and gun”–15 minutes max out of the traffic flow to get a shot. It’s made my commute longer, but much more interesting.

I’m a few months into the daily FB posts so my plan is to weave the old in with the new. This is the beginning.

One of my first commute shots was of the bridge over the Petaluma river:

Petaluma Bridge

A couple of weeks later I noticed that the bridge had been tagged so I stopped for a shot. This is fully zoomed in:

Petaluma Bridge

And here’s the perspective shot, fully zoomed out:

Petaluma Bridge

The bridge is very photogenic. 😉

Canon G11, Kenko Pro 1 low profile circular polarizer, and plenty of gas.