What I Saw

Maybe this happens to you. You are looking at something and you see what is actually there, but in your mind you see something else. This happens to me a lot. When it comes to my photography it can create a bit of tension; part of me likes to record just the facts while another part is off imagining.  This image is from that imagining side:

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This photograph is a panorama and the original files looked like this one:

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The original files are kind of just ho-hum, but what I liked was the green and also the texture of the brick.  I was also just intrigued by the fact that the building was there.  It’s part of an old sewage farm and was first constructed in 1887.

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The building now is in pretty good shape but does have an abandoned look about it. When I created the panorama, I knew I wanted to bring out that aspect of it.  A quick sketch of how I created this image looks like this.  I selected the original files that I wanted to use in Lightroom. Then Lightroom-Photo-Edit In-Merge to Panorama in Photoshop.  From there I cropped and straightened the image. Then I sharpened it and saved it back to Lightroom.  From Lightroom-Photo-Edit In-Analog Efex Pro.  I ended up using a wet plate camera setting but then changed the settings within that filter and saved it back to Lightroom.  In Lightroom I made a few more adjustments, mostly to get the green colors to a point where I liked.

In addition to posting this in the Weekly Photo Challenge, I am also posting it in an interesting challenge called Thursday Doors.

How about you, do you often look at something and imagine something completely different? Is the green of Spring emerging where you are or are you on the opposite side of the world, springing into another season altogether?  Feel free to leave a comment below.

Cheers?

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48 thoughts on “What I Saw

  1. Oh, it’s lovely for both challenges. You created a very classic look there that enhances the building’s character. Thanks for sharing the “How-to” as well….

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  2. What happens to me (over and over) is something catches my eye when I take the photo and only later, after looking at it again, I see something else entirely. Was this why it caught my eye? Why didn’t I see it the first time? Pre-visualization or post-visualization? That *is* the question, dear Yorick!

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  3. Great colors and textures. I can see why you’ve chosen to alter them, deeper, richer. Well done 🙂
    Spring is here, although the greens are in full force, I know snow will come again. I don’t mind.

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  4. I love the panorama, thanks for telling us how you did it. I use Lightroom too for editing, but have not yet tried to do the panorama (or anything other than simple crop, straighten,etc)

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  5. Amy, I love how you open this post. “Maybe this happens to you. You are looking at something and you see what is actually there, but in your mind you see something else. This happens to me a lot.” It really draws in the reader and it makes you want to read more. And I always enjoy the description of how you got the photo. 🙂

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  7. Love the final outcomes. Love how the colours are not so jarring and garish but more muted and gives the place a laid-back feel. Back and forth between editing programs sometimes really does help you achieve what you want. A lot of the time I edit my photos in Photshop Elements before using a few simple tweaks in Picasa.

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  8. Nice shot(s) and good work on your workflow! I’m using Lr ver 5.5 (disk version) so I did not get the updated version to do panos; I use my camera program functions to do panos and the software does the stitching for me. Just did a 5 panel vertical pano of the SF Golden Gate Bridge tower from bottom to top and it came out well. Also, my blog pseudonym is pretty much you suggest you do in your photo work 🙂

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  9. This is true for me sometimes, while also the opposite is true 🙂 One thing I know for sure is that photographers tend to “see” much more than others.

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