Posts Tagged ‘HDR’

Bondi Beach (HDR)

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

bondi beach

Weather for surfing at Bondi Beach, Australia? Wicked.

Did you know that this was considered one of the world’s top 10 pools? Imagine how cool it is when Bondi ocean waves crash onto the chlorine water. Fusion. Awesomeness.

Here’s me being shark bait.


Oh, and yes, it was an HDR image.

SS Maheno Ship Wreck (HDR)

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

ss maheno

SS Maheno was en route to Japan for scrap metal and ended up on Fraser Island, Australia, in 1935.

New York Central Park

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

I was in New York for the 2010 Bridal Market and Wedding Style‘s book launch party at the Plaza Hotel. Just before meeting up with Yanni Tzoumas (Executive Editor), I decided to walk around Central Park.

I did not mean to, but I bought a scarf, tie and a hot dog from street vendors. What? I’m supporting the community. As odd as it was to have a hot dog for breakfast, I sat down and watched the birds harass the horses for a bit.

Out of courtesy, and because I was sitting down anyway, I took an HDR image of the horse carriages queued up for a trot.

new york horse carriage at central park

I ♥ NY…and I love it even more because I love “Sex and the City.”


Lawrence Chan

P.S. It was freezing in December, but I missed out on the snow. Sad day.

Sunset in Rome, Italy

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Yesterday, I was looking up various destinations for a potential holiday. While on Contiki’s website, I stumbled upon Europe and was reminded of a photo I wanted to enlarge for my wall.

I quickly sifted through my archives and found a sunset in Rome, Italy. I was walking along a bridge when this scenic view melted my heart. It was too bad that the couple I was photographing was not there. Otherwise, I would have loved to take advantage of the golden rays.

rome italy

One of my friends just photographed a wedding in Rome, Italy – with the colosseum, ruins, etc. I won’t deny it…I was a bit jealous. Anyway, until next time…

Ciao Bella,

Lawrence Chan

P.S. I’m considering the Outback territory of Australia or an African safari…too bad I can’t just do both!

Alaska Landscape Photos

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Last week I went to Vancouver, Canada for Image Explorations as the opening speaker where I discussed a number of business strategies for wedding photographers.

Afterwards, Julie and I hopped onto a Princess Cruise to see the Alaskan glaciers before they all melt. What a sight! I have never seen anything so majestic. After uploading it to facebook, a number of friends asked for a copy as a wallpaper. So here it is!

It’s all set for 1920×1200 resolution (so even for HD monitors) and HDR.


Juneau Forest Fog

alaskan glaciers

Ketchikan Boats

alaskan glaciers

Ketchikan Creek Street

alaskan glaciers

Ketchikan Cruise

alaskan glaciers

Margerie Mountains

alaskan glaciers

Margerie Passing

alaskan glaciers

Wilbur and Orville Mountains

alaskan glaciers

Margerie Glaciers

alaskan glaciers

Mendenhall Creek

alaskan glaciers

Mendenhall Glaciers

alaskan glaciers

alaskan glaciers


Ciao for now,

Lawrence Chan

P.S. Yeah, Alaska was cold, but I still ate ice cream.

Pasadena Rose Bowl July 4th Fireworks

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

After being incubated in the house for weeks because of work, I decided to go out tonight and take some pictures of the fireworks. I heard that Pasadena’s Rose Bowl was going to display a pyrotechnics’s dream world at 9pm.

I positioned myself in the neighboring hills so that I would have a view of Rose Bowl itself. The following is an HDR image, but it’s really not so HDR by definition.

pasadena rose bowl fireworks

Happy 4th to everyone,


Trump National Golf Course

Monday, May 10th, 2010

One Ocean Trails Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Trump National Golf Course – so beautiful. I was recently there for a bridal shower that was hosted for one of my brides. While they were enjoying their tea party and sandwiches, I ventured out to take some HDR images. I normally don’t fancy golf, but the weather was so perfect, I was tempted to leave my camera behind to hit a few holes.

golf course

golf course

golf course

There’s a trail beyond the golf course where I saw lots of people hiking. It snakes down to the ocean bluff, which is very scenic. Pets welcome by the way. This scenery makes it ideal for a wedding. Contact me below if interested!


Lawrence Chan

P.S. I want a dog so that I could walk it at Trump Golf Course. However, I prefer cats more. Is it unorthodox to walk cats?

Nokia Center (LA Live)

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

la live nokia center

Is it LA Live or Nokia Center? Weirdness. It’s known as both. Having never been there, I decided to take my girlfriend and perused the place. As grand as it looked, it did not take too long to complete…say one circle. One cool perk of the center is the enormous Starbucks!

If you are wondering whether I’m going to post any weddings, the answer is yes. Just not yet. I’ve been so busy.

Be well,

Lawrence Chan

Downtown Los Angeles

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Fellow Los Angelenos, you probably feel my pain. Traffic on the 10 freeway (or any other freeway for that matter) is a parking lot. Driving on local streets would probably utilize the same amount of time, but I opted for that route so that I could at least occupy my mind with red lights and stop signs.

Midway home from The Grove, I decided to pull over in Downtown LA. It’s rare that locals get to see these sky scrapers from afar due to the thick smog. Today was different. Maybe it was the holidays, so there were significantly less vehicles. Or maybe because we’re in the middle of winter and the winds blow our nasty emissions to some other poor city. Either way, Downtown LA glowed nicely on my way home.

I fed the meter a few quarters and took a 10 minute break setting up my tripod. Snap, snap, snap, snap, snap, I was done.

Ciao bella,

Lawrence Chan

New Year, New Blog

Friday, January 1st, 2010

My girlfriend and I visit Las Vegas quite frequently because it isn’t that far from Los Angeles. Las Vegas provides a nice retreat from mundaneness. While in Vegas, we always enjoy cruising down Las Vegas Blvd. revering the megawatt light show. Most recently, there was a bald spot near New York New York. That part of The Strip was dark and lifeless (lightless). Interesting.

So nearly not being able to sleep with curiosity, we fired up our laptop and started researching. So it’s going to be called “City Center.” It’s divided into various sections and the grand opening of the Aria Hotel is on December 16, 2009. Then it’s settled. We will check it out!

What was supposed to be a planned getaway, Julie and I buried ourselves in the hotel room working away. On the bright side, check out our amazing view! The following is an HDR – where I used three images and combined it into one.

las vegas aria hotel

Las Vegas is such a gorgeous city! Next time I come back, I want to shoot a wedding at one of the snazzy hotels – Wynn, Venetian, Treasure Island, Caesars Palace, Palazzo, Paris, MGM – to name a few of my faves!

Happy new year,

Lawrence Chan