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April Squares: Top Shots, Bury St. Edmunds

ISO 64 f/2.2 1/33sec 4.2mm

Day 17, find other responses here.

Date and Location of Photo: June 9, 2018. Bury St. Edmunds, England. I visited this town several times and I took a variant of this photo every single time because I think it is funny. Bury, as it sometimes called, has a lot to do and see including a cathedral and brewery.

Thoughts on the Edit: Sometimes I pick a Luminar Look based on its name, and I thought Yowza was a fitting choice, in homage to angry townspeople everywhere.

April Squares, an Explanation:

When Becky announced that the April Squares theme was going to be “top”, I thought it over and then sent her a message, then pitched my idea. She was open to my theme within the theme and the result is my response to the April Squares challenge.

I move a lot and I have a move pending. I’ve lived here in England for about four years and will be heading to the United States. Exact dates to be determined, given the current world situation, details have yet to be worked out. My April Squares is a “top shots” reflection on the last four years. Each square represents some moment or place that was meaningful to me. They are in chronological order moving forward in time. I’m attempting to post every day. All photos will be edited in Luminar 3. I hope you enjoy following along, I’ve enjoyed the process of creating. Your comments and thoughts are welcome below.

Cheers!

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From Phone Line to Life Line

I have seen a few of these now in my various travels, and I just think they are a very good idea, a nice use of the iconic phonebox no longer in use:

ISO 25 4.15mm f/2/2 1/230sec

For my edit, I wanted to take out some of the distracting elements and create a more vintage looking photo.  To create the crop I used the line of bricks on the left, which was enough to remove the black street poles and the partial window above the defibrillator. I used a vintage preset for the vintage look but then added back in the hue and saturation of the reds because I didn’t want to lose that iconic red completely in the interpretation. I also put some clarity back into the edit and darkened the corners more than the preset had. Here is the result:

ISO 25 4.15mm f/2/2 1/230sec

What do you think of my interpretation? Do you also use presets as a starting point for editing? Feel free to leave a comment below.

Here was my slightly different take posted on Instagram:

Cheers!

Added in a bit of a cheeky way to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Power Lines.

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Details

Often when I am photographing at a spot like St. Edmundsbury Cathedral, I first take a few overview photos, trying to get a feel for the place.  Then I will take some time to look for what I think is unique to the spot. A few weeks ago I posted a look at the exterior of the Cathedral, the big picture.  In the past week I was looking at some of the photos of the interior, and one of my favorite shots was taken looking out from the Cloister:

ISO 400 4.3mm f/2.7 1/80

ISO 400 4.3mm f/2.7 1/80

This spot, with textured windowpanes overlooking an enclosed garden, was peaceful.  This version of the photo has been edited using Photoshop. I was making my first attempts at using Photoshop Actions this week. Basically, actions are a series of edits done all at once. The link provided gives an overview of what they are and how to install them within Photoshop. You can make your own or a google search will reveal ones that are available for free download. I found one that I thought would fit with what I was doing with this photo.  Then I went to work on the details.  While actions are often advertised as a quick way to edit your photo, I think most photographers will want to add their own edits, after all its unlikely that your vision will match else’s exactly.  Here is the photo as it was originally shot:

ISO 400 4.3mm f/2.7 1/80

ISO 400 4.3mm f/2.7 1/80

As you can see, the edits changed the mood of the photo quite a bit.  I do like the edits, for me they give the photo a feel that I was looking to apply to it. Do you like the change? Feel free to leave a comment below.  Do you use Photoshop actions? why or why not?

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Opposites

Walking around the Abbey Gardens in Bury St. Edmunds, I came across this view of St. Edmundsbury Cathedral through the Abby ruins:

ISO 400 4.3mm f/8.0 1/1000

ISO 400 4.3mm f/8.0 1/1000

As I was thinking of this post about opposites, I was wondering what tack to take when writing about this photo. First there was the difference between the ruins and the modern Cathedral.  The ruins were the site of a monastery that has its origins around 633.  The Cathedral in the background has been updated as recently as 2010, and has a fairly modern feel to it.  Then there is the photo I took.  The black and white version being quite different from the original shown below.

ISO 400 4.3mm f/8.0 1/1000

ISO 400 4.3mm f/8.0 1/1000

In addition to the obvious color to black and white conversion, I cropped the photo and sharpened it in Photoshop. I used Lightroom for the black and white adjustments and the vignette effect.

This photo was taken with my point and shoot camera.  As many of you know, I am in the process of moving from the US to England, which will be my home for the next few years.  While we have arrived here in England, our furniture, including my bigger camera is not here yet.  I’m happy that I have my smaller camera with me, but one downside to the camera is that is does not have a viewfinder.  On a sunny day, like the one that I took this on, it is hard to tell what exactly you are getting a photo of.

In this case, the original was pretty off from what I wanted in the photo, but what do you think? Do you think this works as a black and white?  Feel free to leave a comment below.

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