Some Days You Just Want To Play

I’ve had a very busy couple of weeks and at the same time a very sore ankle which together have kept me from going out shooting.  So, today with the windy, rainy weather, and after things have slowed down a little, I just felt like playing with some photos.  The news a few days ago took me to one of my favorite places, Seal Beach, CA, where a mass shooting took place.  I traveled there often for work in my previous job and even vacationed there with my wife.  It’s maybe the place I’d like to live if I could choose anywhere in the U.S!  I was there last summer for a job and took a walk one evening on the Seal Beach Pier.  I was shooting with my point-and-shoot and had a few mediocre record shots.  Today, wanting to play, and with Seal Beach in my mind, I pulled up a few of those photos and applied some digital effects to them using a Photoshop Plug-In.

Seal Beach Pier, early evening.

This first photo captures the crowd of walkers and fishermen on the Seal Beach Pier.  The effect gives it a painterly look and makes the two foreground figures look like they are looking into the scene from outside of it.

Surfer off of Seal Beach Pier.

The second photo of a surfer off of the Seal Beach Pier also has the painterly effect.  I like these photos, with the effects, much more than the original record shots.  What do you think?  Do you like these effects?  Have you ever tried using any plug-ins or filters on your digital images?  I’d like to hear about your experiences.

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About Kolman Rosenberg

My interest in photography began as a college newspaper and yearbook photographer during the stormy 1960s and 1970s. I was influenced by many of the great photojournalists and documentary photographers such as W. Eugene Smith, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Margaret Bourke-White and other black and white photographers of Life Magazine and the earlier Farm Security Administration. Though many of these photographers documented the horrors of war and the plight of poverty, they also showed me the dignity and adaptability of human beings in their desire to prevail.
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2 Responses to Some Days You Just Want To Play

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