Title curtesy of Pantera’s Cowboys From Hell. Must give a RIP to Dimebag Darrell, the Pink Beard in the Sky. Start Googling now for your heavy metal history lesson. The title also works for this post because it was shot in San Antonio, Texas and Pantera was from Dallas. Close enough.
I shot a lot in San Antonio but it was done for HDR and as I have ventured forth into HDR photography I noticed some issues that I am still working on. Still, some of the images were really good and I hated to waste them in an attempt to try and use them for HDR. Since the basis of HDR is bracketed images I just took one of the images and edited it normally. This image is the first of batch.
I really liked monochrome for this image because it gave the effect of darkness and then the light much more drama then the color version. Plus the tones in the light give you contrast with the rest of the image. I also liked how at the end of the tunnel there were silhouettes of people either heading into the darkness or out into the light.
Nothing fancy post processing wise. The conversion was done in Photoshop and then curves and dodging and burning to get the effect I was looking for.
I said I was done with the flowers but I didn’t mention the leaves from Meadowlark Gardens. I always like my leaves in monochromatic because you always get details you never see in color. No tools were used in the conversion to monochrome, just done in Lightroom. Then ran through the usual Photoshop filters.
I like fire escapes. It’s just not something I grew up with. The same with tall buildings. If you live near DC nothing until recently was built above 10 stories or so. In Washington DC itself no building can be taller then the Capitol. So with that in mind, fire escapes were rare. So when I see them I gravitate towards them because they cast some cool shadows and add drama to the image (least in my mind).
These two images are of the same fire escape, just at different angles. There were the only two images in the series that were shot on a 24mm lens I had in my bag as a just-in-case lens. The one in color I just liked the shadows and the light coming down into it. The monochrome image was originally done in color but hit convert in Photoshop and did a blue filter and it was love at first sight. Before all that the usual layers and so on with a run through what is rapidly becoming my favorite third party plug-in, Macphun Intensify Pro. Then using a quick sharpening while in Lab Color and done!
Still in my architecture mode. I had a series of neoclassical stuff and I felt it would look good in monochrome so I went with it. I am Macphun’s Tonality Pro to do the conversions to monochrome. I am impressed with Tonality Pro and may start using it more when I do my conversions.
For inquiring minds, the last two days were shot in Baltimore over the weekend.
Still feeling the debilitating effects of man flu so two quick edits before I return to convalesce and recover from my illness.
While still suffering from man flu I managed to do a large number of edits. In all likelihood my production over the next week will drop as I am traveling for work. Its difficult to find time to edit when on the road. Hopefully I will find time to shoot and play with my new Olympus 40-150mm 2.8 lens that I haven’t had an opportunity to play with yet. One night is a planned night shoot with a tripod weather permitting.
As for this series. I have no idea what I was attempting to accomplish. My goal was to walk around Baltimore with my GX7 and shoot what I saw. I tend to get into a rut where I shoot the same thing over and over in regards to buildings and shadows. I can see where I attempted this in some shots but in others I just fell back into it. Hopefully my time on travel will allow me to explore more and force myself to see a bit differently.
I didn’t feel like doing anything much after writing my enema opus yesterday. Today I happily got my Olympus 40-150mm 2.8 lens in and stared at it in a mildly erotic way when it was mounted on my new Olympus EM1. It was glorious. Then I realized I needed to edit pictures which would distract me from the camera porn that I had assembled in front of me. I set it aside and produced the images below.
I’ll be honest and say I was leaning towards doing a color image only because I really liked how it came out. I figured why not do a black and white conversion with a different crop as well just for grins. Now I like both equally as they show the same scene just in a different way that really makes it interesting.
I have been living on flower images but this is a taste of what I have recently shot. I froze my fingers off wandering parts of Baltimore that I had never gone to. I used my Panasonic GX7 with the 14-42 kit lens and just walked around shooting what I saw. I’ll likely expand on the series as I have editing time this weekend and then I’m off to spend a week in Washington DC for work. Which will give me lots of time to shoot some stuff while I’m working there.
Enjoy Mulberry St.
Just the last of the shots that I took at the national park. I left one in color to see how flat and grey the sky was that day.
Seeing how it snowed again it seemed time to take some pictures. I stopped on the way to work in at a national park and snapped these images with my Sony RX100M3. The weather was grey and color was washed out at best. So I just did conversion to monochromatic and just let the tones take over the images.
For those of you that are curious about the editing music, Lamb of God’s most excellent album Resolution. For those of you thinking I have suddenly started listening to wholesome family music; they were once known as Burn the Priest. Lamb of God is much more commercially viable I think. On a photography note, lead singer Randy Blythe is a most excellent photographer. Check out his Instagram for some of his work. It’s not shot on a phone.