Category Archives: City Scapes

One day I got the idea to go around town and find all the wall Murals on the sides of buildings in town. Not a big town, one main street & maybe 10,000 or so, but lots of murals. I did this over two days. First outing was at sunrise when the light is soft and there are no shadows. 2nd outing was on a cloudy afternoon.

All of these are taken with a Canon G7X point and shoot camera mounted on a monopod. I keep these in my car at all times.
Taken on first day:

Taken on 2nd day:

I started doing some testing with the 4 x 5 View camera last night. This was the best image from the 6 I took. Taken at sundown. Lens was a Schneider Symmar-S 180mm. Exposure was 12 seconds at F/8. Film is Ilford Delta 100 (iso 100). I used 3 filters, a #8 yellow, a 2 stop split neutral density, and a 6 stop neutral density. Negative developed in Ilford DDX and scanned on an Epson V800 flat bed scanner then processed in Nik Silver Efex Pro.


Located on the University of California San Diego Campus. Photo taken about 1/2 hour after sundown. 5 Exposure HDR image processed in Lightroom and Nik Color Efex Pro. I was hoping for better light under the clouds after sundown but not so lucky.



Last night was the full moon and also a blue moon. Normally there are 12 full moons per year or 3 per quarter but if a 2nd full moon occurs in a quarter it’s called a blue moon. Then there are 13 full moons for the year. Won’t happen again till Jan of 2018.

This was difficult to process as the sky was so drab from the clouds. So I did the best I could. Lens was the Canon 100-400mm zoom at 400mm. Photo is a 3 exposure HDR image. 3 versions shown as the moon rises.

Midway Carrier

Midway Carrier

Midway Carrier

Midway Carrier

Midway Carrier

Midway Carrier

San Diego Harbor from Point Loma. This was the day after the full moon and the photo club met. Unfortunately there was some marine layer clouds that produced a haze. But this image will get redone on a clear night someday.


Mostly in the older parts of San Diego there are several neon signs marking Neighborhoods.
So I thought I might photograph them in the Blue hour (after sundown).

This first photo is at the start of El Cajon Boulevard. I used a wide angle lens, my 16-35mm zoom. Photo at 32mm, 20 second exposure at F/16 and ISO100. This was a single exposure and I had taken several in an attempt to get head lights and tail lights in the photo. This one came out the best. The starburst effect on this lens is superb.


The second one is in North Park and I couldn’t get a clear photo close in so I stood at the closest street corner and used a 70mm lens. This is a 30 second exposure at F/16 and ISO 100. This time I used a 2 stop neutral density filter to extend the exposure time out to try and capture more car lights. Two stops means the exposure time becomes 4 times as long. The starbursts are not as nice on this lens (I think).

This third shot I did last night by my old condo. Again I used my 16-35mm zoom and a 2 stop ND filter. This one was done completely different. First off I faced west towards the sundown giving me the orange glow and less deep blue sky like you get looking east. I faced west primarily because I wanted to exclude the stop light right above the sign. But I do like the sky in this one. Another difference is that I took several exposures by manually using a different exposure time with the idea in mind that I would blend different parts of several photo’s together to create the final picture. I wanted to get as many car light photo’s as I could and then blend them together using luminosity masking. But in the end the car lights came from 1 photo, the sky and neon light from another, and the building lights from another. The trick to doing this is to not change anything but exposure time or ISO once you start.  Then the photo’s will align properly in Photoshop. I  used 35mm length, F/16 aperture, ISO 200, and various times here.