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Beauty – With a Price

I love this shot. San Francisco is SO beautiful. All the lines, all the curves…but the traffic? Oh hell nawh. I think this picture captures San Francisco in a nutshell. It is beautiful, but the traffic sucks booty. The skyline above the bridge looks beautiful but then the real horrors are down beneath the bridge. The city is enveloped in a soft and bright setting while the traffic down below is dark and gloomy. This is kind of like heaven and hell. Who would want to be trapped down there?

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Little ____, Big City

This picture reminds me of those movies I watched alongside my younger sisters where the small-town boy or girl move into the huge city and are bursting with feelings of wanting to become a name that’s as big as the city. I feel I captured that perfectly in this photo. The big buildings, all the power lines and fancy cars, and the little people who get to just walk along the crosswalks and sidewalks wondering if they’ll ever make it to the top floor leveled apartments. San Francisco provides so many lines it’s almost impossible to not be lead to a different subject in the photo.

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Cup of Sunshine

This was a picture I worked on for quite a bit of time. More time than usual to be more precise. The cups at Philz were different for a limited time and it seems like the world was going bonkers over these new cups. I decided to put them against a lighter background to bring out the colors some more. Again I used more rule of thirds by lining up the board and the cup along the first vertical line. Also the cup is framed by the bars or rails or whatever they’re called. I used a brush to brighten up only the board and the cup as to make it seem like they glow a special kind of way because Philz is a special kind of brew.

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Lit

7-11 is one of the most lit places and always has been ever since my first year of college. They have provided the best taquitos, my Hawaiian chips, my Red Bull, and basically everything I’ve ever needed to live off of during the hours of 10pm and 2am. This picture captures the late night beauty of 7-11. Only people who turn this place into their place of “last minute overpriced snacks but I really need them” would understand. I love the lines and the clarity of the store. It reminds me of those college movies where the minors are about to try and purchase alcohol with a fake ID for the first time.

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X Marks the Spot

This picture was framed beautifully…if I do say so myself. The palm trees guide viewers to a focal point which is towards the middle of the photo. The leading lines of the pathways intersect at one point bringing the focus of viewers to one point. The leading lines form an “x” and I think it is pretty natural for people to be drawn to the center of an “x” because “x marks the spot.”The tones of the green and blue are light because I took out the true whites and true blacks with the tone curve. This gives the picture a much softer feel and brighter mood.