These images were shot while I was heading down to Florida. I figured it seemed appropriate to process them since this week I will be spending a significant amount of time in airports hitting 4 different cities and ending in a different country. All the images contain elements you find in a airport be it in the terminal itself or views you find looking out. The first two images just felt better in monochrome while the rest felt right in color. The images range from abstract, street, architectural, and landscape photography. Even got wild with the crops at the end. Little something for everyone. For inquiring minds, all done on a Ricoh GR.
There is nothing weirder then being in an empty airport. I have been in a lot of airports, internationally and domestically and its just something that is eerie about a place that should be bursting with life and its just empty and devoid of it. Now granted, there were people around but in an airport the size of Dulles 10 or so people in that area does not make it a lot.
I went with black and white to give it some feeling that color would not. I may or may not have played with the shadows and lighting a bit to get it to where I wanted it. Then gave it a cinematic crop to make it more expansive. One of these days I should publish the original unedited of stuff versus the finished just so people can see the dramatic difference what 5 minutes of editing can do.
Flew home yesterday and had the trusty Canon ELPH 330HS on me (along with a selection of other cameras) but I like the ease of it instead of hauling out a bigger one from my bag. While I took some Lightroom liberties these are straight out of the camera jpegs. If you are willing to fiddle with some settings for your shot its a damn fine camera.
My home airport and considering its all of 5 minutes from my house easy to get to. This is the main terminal and you can see one of the towers in the background. I have seen a shot like this in my head every time I have driven to the airport on official airport business (meaning the main road is backed up so I take the airport road), or when I fly in or out of it. What I didn’t know was how to get the shot so breaking several state, local, and federal laws and feigning ignorance of said laws in case a law enforcement official was to appear I went for it. Dulles has a smaller terminal for private jets so I managed to get myself there and park the car and jump out and grab the camera and the tripod and have it setup in record time. One of the joys of my location was I was on the main exit road for all terminal traffic so I had to time shots around vehicles and with long exposures that can be a challenge. I managed to fire about 6 shots. Even had several law enforcement vehicles roll past me without so much as a glance.
I went with a 16×9 crop to get rid of the parking lot and some of the lights which tend to sparkle a bit too much on long exposures like the one that made the picture. The other cool thing about the 16×9 crop is that it really gives you a perspective of the size of the building. One of the problems I faced was the main terminal was brightly lit but the tower wasn’t so the shots had to be relatively short for a long exposure because it would blow out the building. I went for black and white as well because there wasn’t a lot of color to the image to begin with. Filtering some colors out to get the light down even more to keep the building from being too lit up then played with the curve tool to bring it down some more. Finally added a slight coffee finish and adjusted it to give the tone I wanted. Was a bit noisy but used ye olde Photoshop and removed it then sharpened it during the resizing to give the image..
I should point out that this was all done on my newly acquired 70-210 f/4 Canon that I picked up for around $40 from a thrift store. For the type of shooting I do it’s perfect and I don’t regret selling the 70-200 2.8 I had since I rarely used it and I don’t need 2.8 speed for long exposures. Can even be used as a portrait lens if I need something longer than my 85mm.