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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

In some ways the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a universal thing. I’ve seen several in different countries and I think they are interesting to visit because they each reflect a bit of the history of the country the represent. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Athens was sculpted between 1930-32 and is watched over by members of the Presidential Guard in traditional uniforms. Despite it’s location in the busy city, it has a sense of space, quiet, and reflection:

ISO 800 10mm f/22 1/125sec

This is one of the original exposures that I have from my visit. When I went to edit it, I knew I wanted to retain both the soldiers and the birds which are reminders of life but also I wanted to emphasize the stillness and solemness of death.

ISO 800 10mm f/22 1/125sec

With my crop I’ve kept things lightly off kilter and I chose a filter in Luminar, called Dark Moon, that I found rather somber. Once I had the filter on I edited it’s settings a bit. Changing the center point of the vignette and also making it a bit lighter. I wanted to leave a still image that has the hint of chaos, a reminder that the path of a country is often littered with sacrifice.

Do you think this edit suggests that? Do you like the image or its edit? Feel free to leave a comment below.

Cheers!

Added to A Photo A Week Challenge, Reflection and Photo for the Week-15-Paths.

 

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Through Glass

I enjoy walking through churches. I’m a bit of a sucker for stained glass. Usually, such windows tell a biblical story, but sometimes it’s just a gem like this:

ISO 25 4.15mm f/2.2 1/110sec

This window functions more as a decorative way to let in light and create a welcoming environment. From that original file I created this version:

ISO 25 4.15mm f/2.2 1/110sec

The first edit here was to change the white balance. I used the eyedropper in the Develop filter of Luminar to pick a spot that was a warm grey-blue.  This warmed the image nicely. I brought the whites down and boosted the blacks a bit. Then I added some clarity. I’ve also added a vignette here. One of the things that I like about the vignette filter is that it is really easy to customize the center from which the vignette will be added.

What do you think of my edit? The biggest change I think is really the warmth of the image. Do you prefer the cooler tone of the original? Feel free to leave a comment below.

Cheers!

Added to A Photo A Week Challenge, Through Glass.

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Look it Up

Photos like this one can be fun:

ISO 200 4.3mm f/2.7 1/1000

This photo was shot here on what is sometimes referred to as the Backs of Cambridge. It’s called that because the river flows behind several of the colleges that make up the University. If I was to cross the road here and look off the other side, I would have a view of the Mathematical Bridge.

At this particular moment though I was on a walk that went through Cambridge. With me was a history enthusiast, he had done research on the area we would walk through and then looked up these photos online. I couldn’t resist taking a photo of the older photos with the modern scene as a backdrop.  I had done something similar for Instagram when we were at Omaha Beach:

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What these two photos have in common is that they were taken with smaller cameras. The one in Cambridge was taken with my point and shoot. In my opinion, my smaller camera is fine as it has sufficient technology on board to take the photo I want. In this case, I set the focus on the older photos and let the background fall slightly out of focus. I thought this would make for a more interesting storytelling image.  The only edit I did post-process was a slight crop.

Do you ever take images like this one? Do they appeal to you at all as a way of telling a history?  Do you like my take on the history of the Backs? Feel free to leave a comment below.

Cheers!

Added to Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, Look Up and A Photo A Week, From the Back.

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Wordless Wednesday: Vltava River

ISO 1250 20mm f/11 1/160sec

Added to A Photo a Week Challenge: Water.

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Wordless Wednesday: Paris

 

ISO 200 22mm f/11 1/125sec

Added to: A Photo a Week Challenge: Street Lights.

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Wordless Wednesday: Are You Looking At Me?

 

ISO 25 4.15 f/2.2 1/200sec

Added to A Photo A Week Challenge: Attitude.

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Safari Photo

When I got back from Tanzania, I was faced with a wonderful problem, a lot of photos. I have been through them several times, but there are not many files that I have completely thrown away at this point. I just want to be sure I’m not getting rid of something that I actually could edit in the future. Usually, I discard absolutely awful photos right away. Then I wait at least two months before throwing anything else out. I find this time helps me look more critically and objectively at the files I have. From this trip I have a lot of files with potential, like this one:

ISO 400 78mm f/18 1/125sec

It wasn’t good enough to make the cut for the book I had made of the trip. But I liked it. When I went to edit it this past week, the first thing I wanted to accentuate was the elephant that was looking at our vehicle. The crop helps with that. Then I applied a filter to help make the color and textures in the image pop a bit.  At that point the one element that was bothering me still was the tusks, they were completely blown out and appeared smooth and almost white. In Lightroom, I applied the adjustment brush to just the tusks. Then on just those areas, I dropped the exposure. The image was a RAW file, so there was some detail information there and the tusks now appear more as they did in real life, textured and dusty.  My final edit is below:

ISO 400 78mm f/18 1/125sec

This edit is, to me, a quintessential safari image. What do you think, do you like the edits? Feel free to leave a comment below.

Cheers!

Added to: A Photo A Week, Quintessential.

Picfair version is here.

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