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Splash Of Color

This is the sky wheel at National Harbor in Maryland. I spent the last week working on the opposite side of the river and could see it so I revisited the images I took earlier and found this one.

I have seen skywheels in a lot of places I have traveled to. I’ll let everyone in on a dirty secret. I have never actually been onĀ one. Not because I have a fear of heights or whatever. I’m basically too cheap to pay whatever fee they want to go around in those things. The one chance I had to do one for free was in Vegas and I was out doing a night shoot so I missed my opportunity.

There may be one in my future. I am planning on heading to Thailand later this year and I see there is one in Bangkok. It’s only 300 Baht (like $9 US) for a shared gondola or 1000 ($30 US) Baht for 2 person private so I might ride it. I just hate Bangkok with a passion but I might be convinced to go with friends at some point.

This image is HDR. It was done off a single image. In fact, all the images this week were HDR except the Portland one but I cranked it to the point it was HDR-ish.

When I went to edit I loaded it up in Aurora 2017 and then just played with sliders until happy. Then it was into Photoshop for some local dodging and burning. I then desaturated the rocks because of the blue was bleeding into them and I wanted them to stand out a bit more. So I did that with the desaturation brush. After that I spend copious amount of time cleaning the water of crap that was floating in it. Normally I’m rather lazy but I just went ahead and did it because the debris was just too distracting.

Enjoy.

National Harbor Sky Wheel

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Clouds Over The Potomac

This is a shot from National Harbor of the clouds over the Potomac River. You can see the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in the background.

I shot this last year and was playing click around the photo library game. No idea why I didn’t edit it but I didn’t When I saw the sky I was like cool. Time to do an edit of this and see where things fall out.

This is a single image HDR that I created using Aurora 2017. I just feel like HDR this week even though it doesn’t look like it. I just throw the single image in Aurora and see what comes out. This time I picked a preset and then played with it a bit.

I finished the image in Photoshop doing a bit of a dodge and burn to get certain things the way I liked it and called it done.

Enjoy.

Clouds over the Potomac River

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Two Views One Wheel

This is the skywheel at the National Harbor in Maryland. When I did this set I remember taking a lot of images of it because it is the most dominating feature. Lit up at night it was very cool so I took a ton of shots of it.

Editing wise I’m not sure what I did. The one problem is that when I do pre-edits I forget what I did but I know I masked in a bunch of stuff. You get lost as you start thinking about features to this area or that area and the next thing you know you have like 8 masks total.

Enjoy.

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Two On The Rocks

These images were shot at the National Harbor and I just got around to editing them for. No idea why I never published them but I finally did. They seemed to work together so instead of doing one at a time I’ll post them together.

Editing wise I went back to masking in layers and so on. I have been doing fairly clean edits so with these images I went a little wild and made the world look like I wanted instead of what really was there.

Enjoy.

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Wheel In An Angry Sky

I return from the Portland, Oregon images and back to the National Harbor, Maryland images. Just to take a break from Portland stuff since I’m sitting on a healthy back catalogue from my various adventures.

I kinda lost the plot with this image. I was layering filters on top of filters with more filters and realized I lost the purpose of the image. So I reset and tried again from my base image in Photoshop. An important tip on why working with layers is a good thing!

After my moment of I don’t know where I am going with the image I just took a layer with some color saturation and masked that in. Then I went into Camera Raw and removed the noise from the cloud somewhat. I didn’t want to lose all of it because the cloud is cool and the visual weight of the image. After that I masked that in and said done. So about 15 layers of useless work later I’m happy – enough.

Enjoy.

Wheel In An Angry Sky

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Ducks at Dusk

This one is from the National Harbor with the sun just about set over the Potomac River. The ducks just happened to be there along with the helicopter in the sky. I was originally going to remove the helicoptor but it looked cool so I left it.

No idea anymore what I did when I edited this. I am sure I masked in some stuff to bring out details but when you edit so far in advance you often forget what you did.

Enjoy.

Ducks At Dusk

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Big Wheel Keep On Turning

Another of the skywheel in National Harbor. It was such a dominate feature in the landscape around National Harbor that it was impossible not to shoot it. Plus it looks cool lit up at night!

For editing this I know I had to play a bit more because I moved the ISO up to 400 to freeze the wheel motion slightly. While that doesn’t sound like a lot, on a longer exposure it does increase noise. I am sure I masked in a layer or two but I honestly don’t remember anymore.

Full resolution.

Enjoy.

Big Wheel Keep On Rolling

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Spinning Bullseye

This is the skywheel at National Harbor and the biggest reason I went back to National Harbor so I could capture it at night and lit up. I wasn’t disappointed with the result.

Since this was edited sometime last week and in a chain of edits I was doing to stay ahead of the editing curve while I am traveling. I know I ran a few filters through it to bring out the lights on the wheel. It’s a cool shot so I was happy with how it came out.

Full resolution.

Enjoy.

Spinning Bullseye

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There Be Pirates

I didn’t plan on publishing this image today or even editing it. I was going through the library and saw it and was like cool! There is a pirate ship in front of a giant wheel!

This was another shot from the National Harbor in Maryland. The pirate ship is run by a company called Urban Pirates and you can take cruises along the Potomac River. Apparently they have water cannons on the boat so would make for interesting times if you did the adult cruise which is bring your own grog!

This was a very quick edit. Most of the editing was dodging and burning the trees in the background to bring out some separation. I then just masked in a quick filter from Intensify CK to make the sky wheel and boat pop a bit and called it down.

Full resolution.

Enjoy.

There Be Pirates

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Flotsam & Jetsam

Got a bit bored with the landscape stuff so I needed a change of pace and these two images fit the bill. I am guessing I took these at low tide which is why I could see at much stuff as I did so I just aimed the camera towards the various bits and pieces that are on the shower when the water is low.

I knew when I took these images they were going to be monochrome. I know it’s weird saying thatĀ because you are looking at something in color but you shoot for light and shadows. I also knew that the monochrome conversion would really bring out the details and that is what these images.

Interesting fact is I edited these photos in colors. I then brought them into Photoshop and added a low key tone curve. Then when I used Tonality CK to do the monochrome conversion it shifted more towards high key and I got the effect I was looking for. Then it was dodge and burn time to get the light where I wanted it in the image. There is a slight difference between the version here and the full resolution is that there is a two stage sharpening applied to get the image to bite a bit more.

Full resolution #1.

Full resolution #2.

Enjoy.

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