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Parenthetical Post (or Embarcadero At Night)

One of my favorite bloggers is Reena at missing moments – for a couple of reasons, really. One is that she, like me, loves the beach. It doesn’t matter if it’s the coast of Maine or Florida, she shares wonderful photos that she takes when she’s there (which is way more often than I am there). The other reason is that she is a bit of a geek like me (sorry Reena). We are “appaholics”, we love to try out different photo editing apps and programs. She is much more creative and better at using them than I am, but when I saw what she had done using Topaz Star Effects I immediately knew I had a photo I wanted to try with this. It was taken a couple of years ago on our trip to San Francisco from our hotel room overlooking the Embarcadero area. I had taken my tripod along in anticipation of trying out some HDR photography, but on this evening it came in handy to experiment with night time photography.

Thank you, Reena, for being an enabler! Isn’t blogging wonderful (and addictive)?

Please visit Reena and take a look at her marvelously artistic photos.


10 responses

  1. Nat

    Gorgeous photo πŸ™‚ And thanks for introducing us to Reena… always great to find lovely new blogs!

    March 2, 2012 at 6:46 AM

  2. This is AWESOME!! You even have Alcatraz visible out there. I love this area. If it wasn’t for the little issue of money, I would move to San Francisco in a heartbeat! Yes, even if I had to brave the quakes! xxoo

    March 2, 2012 at 7:02 AM

  3. What a beautiful shot!! Nice work. Night time shots are the worst to take for me….this is crystal clear and you even got the island in the background. I love this area when the tourists leave. We used to go clubbing in the industrial district close by….so many memories here. The daytime is a little much with the billion people walking around:) This pic brings up a lot of good memories for me. Hope you have a good weekend. Chris

    March 2, 2012 at 7:17 AM

  4. Magpie

    Tracy, this is beautiful. You were right. It is the perfect shot to use this effect on. And I agree totally, the blogging world is a wonderful place.

    March 2, 2012 at 7:25 AM

  5. Beautiful shot! And a fab time that we shared with you and Bill in SF! xxoo

    March 2, 2012 at 8:26 AM

  6. reena def rocks the photos…not that you are a slack at all, seriously….i like all the lights at night….

    March 2, 2012 at 1:12 PM

  7. Great night shot.

    March 2, 2012 at 8:29 PM

  8. Gorgeous!

    March 2, 2012 at 8:59 PM

  9. Ooooh, nice! In fact, it’s amazing.

    P.S. I love Reena’s pics too. She’s the one who turned me on to Topaz Adjust.

    March 3, 2012 at 6:53 AM

  10. Oh my gosh what a gorgeous photo! The star effect on the lights is perfect.
    To answer your question, yes the only way to take a tour of Tovrea Castle is with a scheduled appointment. The tour takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes and it covers a large distance on carts or trams. As we develop the site further, I’m sure we will be offering other tours of various lengths but trying to get up and running, this is what we are starting with. I just spent the entire day out there and didn’t get home until 7:00 tonight. we have been training docents for the past 6 weeks and it is exhausting. We need at least 2 docents per tour and 2 more for the visitor’s center and stationed in the castle. We need a lot of resources that have to get trained quickly. It’s been crazy. I’m ready to get my life back to normal.

    March 3, 2012 at 8:06 PM