It’s fair to say that I had been waiting for months, eager to head off on holiday to Scotland. We had tickets for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. I’d been once as a child, and it was a fond memory, so I was looking forward to seeing it again as an adult. The show did not disappoint, we even had fabulous weather. As I was reviewing my photos from the evening I decided I wanted to create an image that suggested a memory, like the vision I had in my head from when I was a child. This is what I came up with:
ISO 3200 18mm f/11 1/40 sec
Here is the original:
ISO 3200 18mm f/11 1/40 sec
You can see that I’ve made quite a few changes. The biggest was in the overall tone of the photo, I wanted to accentuate the golden hues and quiet the blues a bit. I started with a photo filter from Analog Efex Pro, and edited from there. One of the nice things in Analog Efex Pro is that there are a lot of options and a lot of sliders, so you can easily start with a preset and work from there. Back in Photoshop I cropped and straightened the photo. Then I used the healing brush tool and the spot healing brush tool to remove the radar/metal tower thing that is on the castle. The healing brush allows you to pick another section of the photo and paint it over what you want to remove. I used that first to take the tower out. I then used the spot healing brush tool, to make the sky in the area match the rest of the photo better. The spot healing brush looks at the surrounding area and then makes a best guess. It was good for the clean up effort in this case.
I like the dreamy feel to the first photo, I think I managed to get a version that was what I had set out to do. What do you think? Have you been to Scotland? It’s a beautiful place. If you happen to be in Edinburgh in August, check out the Tattoo, it’s a unique show. Feel free to leave a comment below.
Sometimes a photo challenge theme fits nicely into work that I have in progress. This past weekend I was in London, in part to see Tower Bridge:
ISO 250 20mm 1/2000 f/8.0
Recently I purchased a new lens, it’s a wide angle lens, 11-22mm, to complement my 50mm and 70-200mm lens. I am thinking of using this lens mostly for landscapes. I will also be pressing it into service in city settings. In particular shots taken in the interior of buildings where my 50mm struggles to get the whole of what I am trying to capture. A wide angle lens can also be used to create a beautifully different perspective of a scene:
ISO 250 14mm 1/800 f/8.0
These photos are two of one hundred and fifteen that I took of the bridge. Getting the pictures home, I put them in Lightroom, which is always my first step. I have taken a look through all the images and these two above are among the images that I may edit later; as seen above they are not edited at all. I will keep them in this state for awhile. I find it helpful to have some time between my shoot and when I edit. I find it hard to be objective about them when they are newly shot. Although eventually most of the photos will be deleted, nothing has been deleted yet. Photos I take with my larger camera are on the slow track in terms of my editing process.
The fast track consists of photos that I take on my phone. They are often taken and then processed or discarded within twenty four hours. This one was a keeper:
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A successful photo on my phone is often an overview photo like this one. More detailed photos I usually shoot with my larger camera. I find it helpful to have both cameras with me, I find it creates a more complete narrative.
Do you shoot a single scene with more than one camera? Do you have a different approach to editing photos that are created out of your different cameras? And yes, those first two photos really are unedited, it really was that bright and sunny in London last Sunday! Feel free to leave a comment below.