I rarely have time to do series of images. This is mainly due to the fact that editing takes considerable amount of time. With me having some time off I went ahead and completed a series I have had in mind for some time, all the architectural shots I have taken over the course the last year or so and publish them in cohesive sets.
I broke up all the images into what I consider sets of similar characteristics. This set I am calling details. It’s more about the finer points within the architecture. Some of it is subjective. It is my interpretation of the style and I do not pretend to be an architect by any stretch of the imagination.
For those of you that read regularly and aren’t into pictures of buildings have hope. I will intersperse the series with normal landscape and travel photos I normally do. I am cognizant that this is mostly personal interest to me.
I’m not going into editing details. The series was shot on 5 different cameras. I have used a Canon S100, Sony RX100III, Sony A7R, Nikon D810, and Olympus EM1. The images were shot in Thailand, Panama, and the United States, specifically Chicago. I could have jammed more in but I thought that was enough.
Hope you enjoy.
This one is from the archives and I published it before. You can see the original here. I was in my HDR everything phase and it showed. The image was crap.
I was digging around for some other images for Instagram to publish there and I came across this one again. With me traveling to Florida where I took this image I might as well republish it. This time I did not HDR it to death in some attempt to prove I could merge 7 images together regardless of the outcome.
Editing wise the first thing I did was color correct the image. The colors are accurate where the original was a muddy mess. I did the usual curves adjustments and then local dodging and burning as needed. Just ignore the part where I maybe dodged a wee bit too much around the man. I’ll blame that on me not calibrating my monitor until after the image was done. Too
Finally home after 6 glorious (not) nights in a hotel 15 minutes from my apartment. So close yet so far away. It’s good to be back on my own editing rig. While I had use of a 23″ monitor it was a pain to use. So the first thing I did after dumping my luggage was hook up my laptop again.
This is an older photo I found while looking for some other images. No idea why I never published it. Who knows what was going through my mind but its a very cool image. I really wanted the wood to pop and stand out from all the green in the leaves around the fallen tree.
Editing I did the usual but added a luminosity mask to sharpen things up and make the greens a bit brighter forcing the attention (least in my opinion) to the fallen tree. Did some sharpening to make that stand out and I’m happy.
Another round of flower photos! I would write about them more but I honestly don’t remember them much as I edited them all last week to have everything ready for posting. I did this so that when I returned from Costa Rica I didn’t have to rush an edit job.
I’ll return to more normal editing tomorrow now that I am home on my larger screens and usual editing tools.
Since I am in Costa Rica and not the biggest fan on editing off a 13″ Macbook screen I have pre-edited all the images. I’m going to split these up into two posts then return with more flowers for Tuesday.
I personally like tall buildings. Don’t know why but I do. There isn’t anything overly special about Thai buildings. Some have a bit of an Asian feel to them but for the most part are typical resort style hotels and condos.
The interesting note on these images are the fact that 3 different cameras were used. My Olympus EM1, Sony A7R, Sony RX100. I can tell them apart just by looking at them but I doubt the average non-photographer could.
With a break from flowers with some architectural stuff I feel I can attempt some more flowers! So I return to my secret garden or the US National Botanical Gardens. Considering I was stuck behind a Chinese tour group with photo permits for tripods I guess its not that secret. I have encountered Chinese tour groups before in Thailand and they are serious about their gear. I was genuinely impressed by the tripod permits they had. They are not that easy to get and they take planning.
I’m not sure how I feel about this batch. This is where I started to have some flash issues and I was fighting with the flash and camera to get the look I was going for. One of the problem was the LCD was showing me some funky colors but when I loaded them in Lightroom things looked normal. Even still you can tell I used flash. I am far from a flash guru. I’m not afraid of flash I just don’t use it often enough.
Usual round of editing in Lightroom and Photoshop. I will say that in all my years of shooting flowers this is the best detailed batch I have ever gotten. It has held up to the sharpening color correction well. So there is something to using flash. Maybe one day I’ll get ambition and do focus stacking.
I was on the Washington DC side of the Potomac shooting towards the Virginia side. I really liked how the clouds looked so I setup for the shot and fired away.
This is HDR but more subtle. One of the things I have done with my shooting regardless of cameras is just take 3 images with two stops in either direction. This gives me a lot of latitude work with I do the merge into HDR. I did add a bit of pop to this one using MacPhun’s Intensify Pro just because I liked how it looked. Took me a bit of time to brush in the layer mask because I forgotten I changed brushes to do something else. Always fun cursing at the computer while wanting to blame Adobe until you look down and realize that the brush is wrong.