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Cutting Through

This is from Great Falls earlier this year when I went out for a New Year’s hike with my Sony A7R and a polarizing filter. The weather was nice and it wasn’t that crowded so it was a pleasant day out.

One of the things I have been late to the game with has been polarizing filters. Sure, you can somewhat reproduce the results with editing software but there is still something about a good polarizing filter that makes an image pop.

I have been using step rings for all my filters. This works great but I am really lazy and it’s one more more thing to remember to carry with me. I was surfing on Amazon and somehow I got recommendation for Amazon Basics filters. The in-house brand for Amazon is usually decent quality and the filters were very inexpensive so I just bought a complete set. Think from 82mm to 52mm was all of around $80. For the price and quality, you can’t complain and now I can be lazy and go with one filter for my various lens.

Editing wise this is really out of the camera. I didn’t go fancy. The polarizing filter did the the heavy lifting in the sky and then I just ran gradients to for clarity and dehaze to bring out the clouds. Once I had my basic edits done it was off to Photoshop where I put in a slight curve and then just local adjustments using dodge and burn.

Enjoy.

Cutting Through

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The Memory Of Abraham Lincoln

Just one from when I went on a bit of a stroll on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

I didn’t really think about it when I went to the National Mall on Presidents Day weekend that it would be crowded. Then again the Lincoln Memorial is always full of people unless it’s really late at night or early morning.

You aren’t allowed to use a tripod inside the monument. I maybe forgot about that sign and setup for a quick shot. I literally had to make space and angle the camera up. I wasn’t dead center and I was just working with the space I had. There just was too many people and too little time. So I quickly fired 3 shots and out I went.

When I went to edit this I knew I was going to have to straighten the image. I went for perceptual on Lincoln himself and ignored the rest. It’s a bit funky but I liked the image. I debated on clone stamping out the visual queues that it wasn’t straight but I left them. It was going to cause more problems than it was worth.

Editing wise this is pretty straight forward. The only thing I did do was add an luminosity mask. I did the image in monochrome and brought it back into Photoshop. Once I had that it was just a matter of lowering the opacity until I was happy.

Enjoy.

Lincoln Memorial