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Hidden in the photograph

The Alhambra is a sprawling architectural wonder. It’s beautiful, the buildings and the grounds. Full of little spots like this that are tucked away from view:

ISO 1600 10mm f/13 1/250sec

Wait, that photo doesn’t sell it? It was a tricky place to photograph. This particular courtyard was dark. The hazy overcast light of a rainy day wasn’t really doing me any favors either.  I took the photo anyway.  I had a feeling that I could create something that I liked.  Fast forward to this week, and here is what I have created:

ISO 1600 10mm f/13 1/250sec

When I originally looked at the file, I thought I would be sticking with the warm tones of the building. As it unfolded though, I ended up liking the cooler green tones. Another edit that I hadn’t originally considered was to take the already overexposed sky and overexpose it more, which lent an almost glow to the trees that I really liked.

I won’t mislead you, it took me a while and three editing software programs to get here. I started and ended in Lightroom. The first step in Lightroom was just to identify which file I liked the most in terms of composition. The winner got exported to Photoshop. When it comes to removing people, Photoshop healing tools remain my favorite over the ones that are in Lightroom. There were about six people in this photo that needed to go. From there, I have a Nik Analog Efex Pro* plug-in that I sometimes use when I want to get a film effect on my photographs. It was a good starting point in terms of getting the color cast and grain look that I wanted.  The file was then re-imported back to Lightroom for a few finishing touches, including a crop.

Whew, long journey. Totally worth it.

But what do you think? Do you like the edit? Have you ever edited something you really liked from a file that just seemed so-so? Feel free to leave a comment below.

Cheers!

Added to Travel with Intent, Hidden and Live Laugh RV, Architecture.

*So for a while, Nik Analog Pro had an older version that was available as a free download and that is the version I am using. The software has now been re-vamped and re-packaged and is available here. I do not own this version, so consider this link for your information only and not necessarily as a recommendation.

 

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Early Morning Serengeti, Young Male Lion

ISO 2000 160mm f/14 1/80sec

Cheers!

Added to Live Laugh RV, Favorite Zoos, and Travel With Intent, Six-Word Saturday.

Picfair version is here.

 

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Wordless Wednesday: Tanzania Sunrise and Sunset

ISO 1600 22mm f/14 1/40

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Dinner with a view #nofilter #tanzania

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Malta Evening

Plenty of things have happened in my life that I didn’t really see coming. This scene is one of them:

ISO 1250 22mm f/16 1/60sec

It’s an evening shot of Valletta, Malta. If you had said a few years ago that I would visit I wouldn’t have argued with you exactly, as I do love to visit new places, it’s just that Malta wasn’t on my list of trips that I was planning. Upon reflection, it’s a little odd that I hadn’t been planning. A warm summer destination just steeped in history? A bit of a no-brainer for someone like me.

ISO 1250 22mm f/16 1/60sec

I’ve taken quite a few liberties with my edit here. I love the blue tones of the image, but in the edit, I wanted the warm night to feel a bit more distant and remote, like an older photograph you might find in an attic.  I was inspired to think this way by the history of the island itself. People have been coming and going through the area for a long time. Before them, all types of flora and fauna, and the land itself was very different.

For this particular edit, I changed the temperature, boosted the yellows, added grain, and desaturated the image a bit, a slight crop was also in order. The two images really do have a different feel.  Do you have a preference? Feel free to leave a comment below.

Cheers!

Added to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, Shades of Blue and Live Laugh RV, Reflections

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St. Joan of Arc

The photo for this post was taken just outside Église Sainte-Jeanne-d’Arc in Rouen, France. The church is modern and beautiful:

ISO 320 14mm f/13 1/125sec

For this edit, I wanted to create a simpler version of the original file. I started by cropping the photo. I wanted to crop out the glimpse of the town, but retain an indication of this statue being outside. So, the people were out, but the pigeons were to stay.

ISO 320 14mm f/13 1/125sec

I created this mostly black and white by using the saturation sliders to remove the color. I couldn’t resist leaving just a bit of the purple in though. To me, that hint of color makes the image more interesting. To subtly bring attention to the pigeons the vignette that I applied stops right by them, making that spot one of contrast and hopefully drawing your eye.

What do you think of this mostly monochrome image? do you like the hint of color? did you notice the pigeons? Feel free to leave a comment below.

Cheers!

Added to Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge, Statues and Live Laugh RV, Black and White.

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Bright Field, Old Church

This is the kind of image I don’t get much of here in England, one taken on an intensely sunny day:

ISO 100 12.1mm f/5.0 1/320sec

But it has been a different type of summer here, one that is warm and very little rain. This photo was taken with my point and shoot.  I liked the image but did want to edit it a little bit.  The photo below is what I finished with:

ISO 100 12.1mm f/5.0 1/320sec

The crop was where I started. I wanted to lose the lower left corner of the field and bring the church in just a bit closer. I’ve also used the tone curve to make the colors a bit deeper and I applied a vignette to the corners.

What do you think of the edit, does it retain its sunny day feel? Feel free to leave a comment below.

Cheers!

Added to Tuesday Photo Challenge: Field and Wandering Wednesday: Landscapes.

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