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Joe Ercoli Year in Review – My Top 7 Images From 2014

Lombard with Light Trails - Running the Gauntlet

Running the Gauntlet

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This has been an incredible year for me, photographically speaking, and while I may not have gotten out to shoot as much as I would have liked to, I feel like I made the most of the sessions that I had and came away with some of my best images. While not all of my images this year appear on my blog, you can always see my fresh images in New Releases on my gallery. All of my 2014 images are there, but here is where I’ve gathered my Top 7 favorites from 2014. (more…)


Night Image of the New San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge!

A River Runs Through It - New San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge at Night

A River Runs Through It

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When I was young I don’t remember crossing the Bay Bridge that often, but when we did it was always during a long car trip on the way out of town to somewhere like Tahoe or camping. I can’t say that there are a lot of memories tied to it, but crossing was always memorable and I was amazed by (more…)


RAWartists San Francisco En Masse Art Show – Aug 22, 2013

Joe Ercoli RAWartists San Francisco En Masse art show, 1015 Folsom

See my work on display @1015 Folsom in SF on 8/22/13!


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Join me on August 22nd, 2013 for the RAWartists San Francisco En Masse event at 1015 Folsom. This is going to be a huge event featuring live music, a fashion show, make-up artists, jewelry, art, and, of course, photography.

Advance discount tickets are available!

My photography display will be right inside the main bar area – find me, hang out and let’s have a drink!

BTW: I’m making my final image selections to display at the show. Vote for your favorite image and you could win a print!

Vote for your favorite Joe Ercoli image and you could win a print!

Vote for your favorite image – You could win a print!

This event is for adults only – ages 21 and over only. Cocktail attire requested. Display images will be for sale and I’ll be able to take orders on-site for anything in my gallery. Cash and credit cards accepted!


Save Time with Shortcut Keys for Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom Time Saving Shortcut Keys Hotkeys for Processing and Workflow

Just Some Adobe Lightroom Shortcut Keys - Click to Enlarge!


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Whether it’s a different way home from the office or combining steps in a recipe, we all have our little shortcuts that we take hoping to save us some time. While processing your images, you can drive yourself crazy clicking around all over the place, but I’ve gathered some of my most used Adobe Lightroom shortcut keys in the image above to cut down on the time that you’ll be editing. Many of these are so intuitive that they’ll become second nature as you (more…)


No Way Home – Image Deconstructed

No Way Home, composite HDR and strobist image

No Way Home


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After posting this image online and after entering it in a PPA-style print competition, I got a lot of questions about its processing and how I put it all together, especially after telling folks that it’s a composite of HDR and strobist exposures.The image above is a combination of techniques and can seem complicated to put together, but just like anything else, when you break it down to its most basic parts and take it step by step, it becomes much more simple. Below, I’ll break down No Way Home to its basic building blocks to show you how (more…)


Add a Download Button to Your SmugMug Gallery

SmugMug Gallery download button example

Add an easy download button to your SmugMug gallery with the code below!


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NOTE: This applies only to legacy Smugmug accounts. If you have the newer, sexier Smugmug (go see mine!), then it does not apply. Sign up for Smugmug – it’s the best way to display, share and sell your photos!

It looks like a lot of people are complaining about the base cost of digital downloads on the new price lists that have been enabled on SmugMug galleries, but I have an option that avoids it all together! I got this code from (more…)


Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary Fireworks

San Francisco HDR Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary Fireworks

Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary Fireworks

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I’ve shot the Golden Gate Bridge many, many times during the early morning, day, and at night, but I knew that this time would be completely unlike any other before – It was the Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th anniversary.

The plan was for the bridge to shut down by 9pm so that fireworks could start by 10 and I knew that getting a good spot could (more…)


Welcome to the Hive – San Jose City Hall in HDR

Welcome to the Hive

Welcome to the Hive

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I’d never seen San Jose City Hall in person before the night that I shot this image, but I was kind of weirded out and intrigued all at the same time. Being in the heart of Silicon Valley, I wasn’t exactly expecting traditional architecture (see San Francisco City Hall), but the glass dome of the rotunda quickly grabbed my attention while the (more…)


El Arco de Cabo San Lucas

El Arco de Cabo San Lucas

El Arco de Cabo San Lucas

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When I’m traveling (and most of the time when I’m not) my camera is always with me and I usually make it a point to shoot as much as I can. Luckily, hard drive space is (relatively) cheap, but (more…)


PPGBA Print Competition Update!

Exit Only

Exit Only

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I’m super stoked to share this news with the world! In fact, I’ve been holding on to the first part of this for about a month and just haven’t had the time to sit down an hammer out an announcement.

PPGBA: 1st and 3rd place!

PPGBA: 1st and 3rd place!

At last month’s PPGBA (Professional Photographers of the Greater Bay Area) meeting and awards night, we got the results of the year end print competition. I was surprised and extremely honored to (more…)


Spring Training Road Trip

Road Training 2011 - The Road to Scotchdale

Road Training 2011 – The Road to Scotchdale


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Today I leave on yet another epic road trip, this time to SF Giants spring training in Scottsdale, AZ. Leaving from the SF Bay Area under the cover of darkness, there wouldn’t seem to be many (more…)


San Francisco Seven Sisters – Girls Night on the Town

Girls' Night on the Town

Girls’ Night on the Town

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I could almost hear the 7 Sisters laughing at us as we visited them for a shoot. I ran up to San Francisco one night with Tom and Paul to shoot this row of Victorian houses that has graced magazine covers, postcards and the opening credits to (more…)


Escaping My Grasp – Golden Gate Shrouded in Fog

The Gatekeeper

The Gatekeeper

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I’m still waiting for that elusive shot: the San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge completely covered in a thick blanket of fog with only the tops of the two towers peeking out. As many times as I’ve shot this bridge (many, many times!), the conditions have never been just right.

Last night I was at home when I realized that there was a full moon and I started thinking about (more…)


Milpitas Post Best of 2010

Milpitas Post Best of 2010 Cover

Milpitas Post Best of 2010 Cover


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It’s that time of year again when the Milpitas Post puts out its reader’s choice Best of 2010 issue and I had the extreme honor and pleasure to get to work on it again. You can


Vacation to Hearst Castle

Casa Grande

Casa Grande


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I’d wanted to go to Hearst Castle ever since seeing it from Hwy 1 while passing by on a road trip. The scale of the place blew my mind as I (more…)


Azeneth and Willie – Honeymoon in San Francisco

Azeneth and Willie Pelican

Azeneth and Willie Pelican


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I got the call from Azeneth letting me know that she and her husband, Willie, would be on their honeymoon in San Francisco and that she wanted to surprise her husband by hiring a photographer for portrait session as a wedding gift. Being from New York they didn’t know (more…)


August Cover – The Spectrum

August Cover - The Spectrum

August Cover - The Spectrum


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If you’re in the Redwood City area, make sure to find and pick up a copy of The Spectrum to see not only my cover photo above but (more…)


PPGBA Print of the Month – July 2010

Playing for the Masses

Playing for the Masses


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I’m totally blown away by the results of last Thursday nights print competition at PPGBA and I’m super honored to have done as well as I did. This hand-held HDR image scored (more…)


Entering the Concrete Jungle

The Concrete Jungle

The Concrete Jungle

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Remember on a hot summer day you’d run through the sprinklers or maybe you had one of those toys that hooked up to the hose that was a fountain that had a bunch of hoses whipping about with water shooting out of the ends? The Vaillancourt Fountain at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco reminds me of (more…)


Out to Pasture – Listen to Your Heart

Out to Pasture

Out to Pasture

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I did a presentation on HDR a week ago for the folks at AMPP and one of the attendees, Michael Kendrick, and I were talking about how our passion for photography has (more…)


Intro to Film: Black Devil Ultra Wide and Slim Review

The Black Devil - Ultra Slim and Wide

The Black Devil - Ultra Slim and Wide



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Call me a child of the Digital Age, but I’ve never really shot film unless you count Polaroid instant snaps or the faint recollection I have of Kodak 110 cartridges that I used to play with as a kid. The first time I ever bought a camera for myself was sometime around Y2K, was digital, and every other camera I’ve had has been since. Until now. (more…)


Hand-held HDR and SF Financial District

Downtown Flowers

Downtown Flowers

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I’ve been hearing it from the so-called self proclaimed experts on internet forums that hand-held HDR is impossible or “you won’t get good results!” Just the mere mention of hand-holding (more…)


Third Times a Charm @ Print Competition

They Grow Up So Fast

They Grow Up So Fast


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EDIT ADDED 4/26/2010: When I originally wrote this post a week ago I seemed to be suffering from really bad writer’s block. I have an emotional connection to this image and, in fact, I have an emotional connection to ALL of my images but sometimes I don’t (more…)


Assignment @ Big Dog Vineyards

The Fruits of Labor

The Fruits of Labor


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I got an assignment from the Milpitas Post recently asking me to get some shots of the sole winery in Milpitas, Big Dog Vineyards, for an upcoming story. With the spring-time on again/off again weather we have been having here in Northern California (more…)