50mm Lens, Canon 50D, Computer Software, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography

Travel Theme: Height

When I saw that height was the theme this week at Where’s My Backpack?  I went back to my photos from this summer in St. Paul Minnesota.  As part of our tour of the capitol building we went out on the roof.  I got some fun shots, one of which I have already posted.  From another angle, you can also see the Cathedral of St. Paul:

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/8 1/250

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/8 1/250

I have included the link to the Cathedral because after we were finished hanging out on the roof of the Capitol, we went and took a very interesting tour of the Cathedral.

Because I am studying for my Photoshop midterm exam this week, you should guess that that photo above has been edited.  I will show you the original exposure in a moment and you will see how hazy the light was that day.  In terms of editing, first I created two additional levels layers for this photo.  One I adjusted for the sky to make it more dynamic.  The second I adjusted for the Cathedral, to lighten it.  Once I was happy with that, I put a film filter on the photo.  I used DXO FilmPack 3 for that.  For this photo I picked Kodak elite extra color 100 setting, because I really liked the color boost.  Then I did some final sharpening in Photoshop.

I wrote about DXO FilmPack 3 last week because it is being offered free until October 31st.  I am including the link again in case you missed it.  I’m really enjoying it and maybe you would too.

Here is my original photo:

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/8 1/250

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/8 1/250

What do you think?  Do you like my edited version?  Feel free to leave a comment below.  If you don’t want to talk about my editing, feel free to leave me good luck and encouragement on my exam, I’d appreciate it!



14 thoughts on “Travel Theme: Height

  1. I like both photos. I tend to be a fan of editing and adding a little color or light. In you photo, it really does highlight the capital and the road leading up to it. Nicely done 🙂


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