Balboa Park is one of my favorite places in San Diego. I’ve been there more times that I can count and because it is so familiar it take specific intention to slow down and absorb the details. It is worth the effort though, because no matter how many times I visit, I always see something new, or at the very least see something familiar from a new perspective.

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Carnival Kaleidoscope | San Diego County Fair | Del Mar | California

Last month I got to go out shooting with one of my favorite photo friends in Southern California. We decided to get some evening shots of the San Diego County Fair carnival lights in Del Mar. I had seen work from other photogs from a certain vantage point and had been wanting to check it out for years.

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I ran a few comparisons with AirMagic (made specifically for aerial and drone photography), Photolemur (another tool from the same company that looks very similar), and Lightroom’s Auto Tone. Not surprising (or maybe surprising, depending on who you are), AirMagic provided the best results on my iPhone photos shot from commercial jets.

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San Francisco Bay Bridge at night

It had been years since I’d spent any quality time in San Francisco, but on my last trip to California my mom and I decided to take one night of our adventures to stay in the city.

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Milky Way | Edna Valley | California

Late one evening, not long after I’d arrived in California, I was sitting on my parents sofa whilst watching tv, drinking vino, and scrolling through amusements on my iPhone. I decided to click into the SkyGuide app and see what was going on above me. I got pretty excited when I realized the Milky Way…

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On my way to and from California during recent travels I had a couple of short layovers in Chicago’s O’Hare (ORD) airport. My favorite part of this airport is an underground tunnel, decorated by artist Michael Hayden. The art installation is called Sky’s the Limit and was completed in 1987. Those traversing the tunnel are treated…

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Lightroom Classic Auto Tone (left), Luminar 2018 Accent-AI Filter (right)

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become a significant player in photo editing. Whether you’re looking for a quick and easy finished product or a starting point for further stylization, Artificial Intelligence built into photo software can help. There are several tools on the market that use AI to process photos. The video below compares the Accent-AI…

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Abandoned Auto Repair Garage in Cape Charles, VA processed in Lightroom and Aurora HDR 2017

Aurora HDR and Single Exposures Most folks use Aurora to tone map/merge multiple exposures. However, Aurora HDR and Lightroom work together brilliantly to quickly and easily make a single exposure POP! In the photo below I made use of one of Aurora’s many presets on a RAW file to bring out the detail and color and then jumped…

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