“Our Security Detail” Crystal Pier, San Diego

Don't Worry, Be Happy!

During Jerry Denham’s and our Crystal Pier shoot, we were thrilled to find other Folks who sought refuge from the wind and the rain in the Pier. If you have never crawled around under a Pier, try it one day! Each one is unique in construction, composition, age, amount of wonderful decay, kelp beds, pipes, rust…it is endlessly fascinating! These Gentlemen cleverly stationed themselves underneath a Hotel which is on top of the pier to avoid drippage – the wind and rain were driving water through the slots of the Pier. Soon after, the enhanced the atmosphere with aromatic herbs of some sort, not that we would know anything about such things!

Jerry and I were jumping around, dodging waves, finding foreground and doing some High Dynamic Range Photography. This requires a tri-pod and the ability from your Camera to “bracket” or change exposure values. One must set your camera to Aperture Mode and then shoot a minimum of three shots at -2, 0, and +2EV. Then, a great Software program called Photomatix will combine all three images into one – this blends all the highlights and shadows. If you do this, don’t go HDR Crazy – often the result is called “Clown Puke”. (PS, if you have any technical questions regarding HDR, just drop us a note, we would be thrilled to get you started!)

So, 10 minutes later, our “Security detail” approached and asked if they could have their picture taken. We asked for their Camera (oops). Both Jerry and I spent a few minutes shooting these Dudes and then they were off…one went for a swim – somewhat of a cold one! The image was processed using a Single Shot RAW to HDR conversion using Photomatix and some touches with Nikon’s NX2 Software. We think it looks like an album cover of sorts!

Thanks for your kind visit and drop us a note at if you have ANY questions!

Cheers, Kathleen and Erik


5 responses

  1. Nice image of the “street”.

    February 17, 2012 at 6:48 pm

  2. Jim Denham

    Dig it! I like the processing and it seems to be perfect for the subject! Nice!

    February 18, 2012 at 2:07 am

  3. LOL! It looks exactly like an album cover. If this were the early sixties some record producer would be throwing a melody and lyrics together to attach it to next week’s number one hit. 🙂

    February 20, 2012 at 1:45 pm

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