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Made With Luminar: Edinburgh

This original file was shot at an outdoor area at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, and includes a view of the Castle and the set-up for the Tattoo that happens there every year in August:

ISO 800 f/18 1/640 22mm 1/640sec

I have several photos of this scene but I chose to edit this slightly underexposed image over a slightly overexposed one because there was more detail available in the sky and I was pretty confident that I could bring the underexposed parts up to an acceptable level:

ISO 800 f/18 1/640 22mm 1/640sec

I’ve applied two Luminar looks to this edit. The first is “Wonderful” which I’ve used a gradient to apply it more to the sky portion of the image than the foreground. The second is “Quay” which I set to 32%. I then applied a custom vignette.

The Tattoo is a show that is one of a kind and well worth seeing. While you are visiting Edinburgh to see that, the National Museum is a beautiful museum with a lot of interesting exhibits.

The Made with Luminar Series

This image is part of a project I am calling Made with Luminar. What the images in this series have in common is the software used to edit them, Luminar 3. As with my usual blog posts particulars of the camera settings can be found in the caption below the image. I’ll then explain what other filters and edits have been applied, often mentioning what layer and therefore order that they were applied. The text of these posts includes any Luminar “Looks” that have been applied to the photo. Each look is a series of presets that are applied to the photo. Where applicable I will mention what changes I have made to any of the looks. A full explanation of looks is available here on their website, https://skylum.com/luminar/user-guides/chapter-14-working-with-luminar-looks

You can assume basic edits have been applied. My most common edits are cropping, detail enhancement, and vignette. Specific questions or thoughts on the image are welcome in the comment section below.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Corner

Fitting that this pub sits on a corner:

ISO 25 4.15mm f/2.2 1/220

Located on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, this pub is named after a local citizen who is said to be the inspiration behind Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde. Deacon Brodie was a cabinet maker and thief.  His day job allowed him access to homes that he would later rob.  He was eventually caught and hung.  A short walk away at the National Museum of Scotland, there is a multi-floor exhibit that includes a cabinet that is attributed to Brodie, though was probably made by his father.

This photo was shot on my iPhone and edited in Lightroom.  The first edit was to crop the photo.  I decided on a square crop in honor of this week’s photo challenge.  While making the crop I took advantage of the angle tool which allowed me to straighten the photo a bit.  Since I had been standing close to the pub, the perspective was a bit skewed.  Having done that, I sharpened the photo and darkened the corners by sliding the highlight priority into negative numbers.

How do you like the edit?  Have you ever been to Edinburgh’s Royal Mile? It’s a popular tourist destination particularly in August during the Tattoo and Fringe Festival.  Both of those things are worth checking out. I would also recommend looking through the history of Scotland over at the National Museum, it’s an interesting display. Feel free to leave a comment below.