Nature Inside Out

This is the National Aquarium located in the Baltimore Inner Harbor. I am assuming this is some sort of greenhouse type exhibit as I have never been in the place myself. It’s usually packed with people when I go and I tend to avoid crowds. They don’t understand that a photographic genius is at work and walk into my shots!

I took this as the sky was starting to go to black or as near as possible in a major city. No tripod so it was handheld but with spot metering I aimed at the brightest spot and hoped for the best. There are lots of different layers going on here with opacity and flow changes to get the look I wanted. I used Nik Color Efex Pro and the Contrast Pro filter along with Vibrance and Saturation. Then I brought it back in and used Intensify Pro to bring out details. Played with the flow until I got it where I wanted it. Then I used my cheap and tawdry layer to put the finishing touches on it.

I’ll come clean now.

The cheap and tawdry layer thing is nothing but a luminosity mask. In simple terms I create a black and white version of the image, knowing the colors of the image, mess with the opposite color so I bring out the luminous side of it then change the mask to luminosity and it then play with opacity and flow if you are in the mood till you are happy. It gives your colors vibrancy. It’s totally cheap and tawdry but works really well! You can watch the video on how to do it here. He uses Nik Silver Efex same as me but you can easily do it in Photoshop by duplicating the layer then switching it to black and white. Same principle.

Enjoy!

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Crossed Lines

I would have liked to do a full series but with my time being limited I can’t right now. So just a quick post today because I have been running around like crazy trying to get ready for an extended trip that will be revealed and trying to get my condo listed for sale. All of which is rapidly approaching!

This was some side street/alley in Federal Hill in Baltimore. I just liked how it looked. Playing with a new editing technique and still working out the bugs. It just adds a quick step to what I already do. I may need to tone it down just a bit but over all pleased.

Enjoy.

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Fire Your Gun

Little left-wing homage to AC/DC’s Fire Your Guns. I thought it was singular and Brian Johnson being a Geordie you can see how guns and gun could be confused. Double bonus points if you get any of those references. There are a lot in those two sentences.

This was taken in Federal Hill Park in Baltimore. I tried a color version of this but the light sucked and the colors were muted at best so a conversion to monochrome was called for. I did the edit in color then doing the conversion in Nik Silver Efex Pro. Once i was happy there I brought it back into Photoshop for dodging and burning. With anything monochrome its all about separation of tones. I still wasn’t happy so I duplicated the layer and then started playing with the light type in the layer mask until I got something that really separated everything to my satisfaction. Then a wee bit more dodging and burning and happiness ensued.

To be honest a lot of work but sometimes you just have to massage an image to get it to where you want it. Was a good exercise in Photoshop.

Enjoy.

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Baltimore Basilica

The Baltimore Basilica as its name indicates is located in Baltimore, Maryland. I was just wandering around shooting and I shot the external of the building and as I was walking around it to see other angles I noticed some tourists heading in so I figured I take a peek inside to see what was going on. While I was in shorts and a t-shirt no one blinked as others were dressed similarly. So with that in mind I got the camera ready and proceeded to take a wander through.

These are just the first few images from what I shot while I was in there. I went with a dome theme as its the common theme through out the images. There are others but for now I wanted to just show how big the place is. As I progress I’ll get to the other places I wandered into.

In all it was a very cool hour spent shooting. There is no charge to enter but there is a donation box on the way out clearly marked for charity. I went ahead and made a donation as it seemed reasonable for such an interesting place to shoot.

For inquiring minds this was all shot on my Panasonic GX7 with either the Olympus 45mm 1.8 or Olympus 12mm 2.0.

Enjoy.

PS – To my Mother; as I shot these images weeks ago I did not spontaneously burst into flames! Go me!

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It’s In The Details

Just some random architectural stuff I have shot. No real theme here other than I liked them.

Enjoy.

It's In the Details

It's In the Details

It's In the Details

It's In the Details

It's In the Details

It's In the Details

It's In the Details

It's In the Details

City Hall

The saying goes you can’t fight city hall. I have no idea if its true or not. What you can do is photography it.

As always I am constantly learning new techniques and styles and just trying some stuff out here. If I had to guess 90% of this was done in Photoshop with the newest thing I have learned so it doesn’t affect color is working with the curves layer in lab color because it only affect luminesce and not color. This means you can get your color set without affecting color on the curves. Saves time having to do color correction after.

For inquiring minds this is Baltimore’s City Hall.

Enjoy.

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