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Friday Slide Show: Along the Embarcadero Share This on LinkedIn   Share This on Google   Tweet This   Forward This

16 February 2018

It was just a pleasant Sunday stroll almost 10 years ago along the Embarcadero on our way to nowhere. We brought along our Nikon D300 with the 18-200mm Nikkor to make a few memories.

We were shooting Raw+JPEG that day. Good thing. It was very bright and the shadows swallowed all the detail they could. The JPEGs are nearly useless but the Raws were what we worked on in Lightroom at three in the morning when we realized we were not getting back to sleep for a while.

Captures from a sunny stroll edited in the black of night.

Captures from a sunny stroll edited in the black of night.

And in between the captures and the editing, 10 years of software evolution. Which we put to good use. The Upright tool to correct perspective on our wide angle shots. The Dehaze tool to brighten the bay shots. Neither of those existed 10 years ago.

The camera did, of course. You'd think we'd be a little sheepish about using such old gear but we can't say the past 10 years of hardware evolution has made us itch enough to scratch. It's just not on the same level as the software advances.

Maybe that's because the increments have been so modest that we don't appreciate the leap. Or maybe we just enjoy wringing out some pictures from those old captures with the latest software.

This contrast between Old and New plays out in the slide show, too.

There's a F line streetcar from Milan. An old ice cream vendor's bicycle. The Ferry Building itself. The Bay Bridge. Old stuff.

Then there's Cupid's Span by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen (with an amusing billboard you can see directly through it) and some flowers, tomatoes and mushrooms inside the Ferry Building. New stuff (at the time anyway).

Cities are like that, mixing the old and the new. And turning a bright sunny walk into some fun in the middle of the night.

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