50mm Lens, Canon 50D, Computer Software, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography

Travel Theme: Height

When I saw that height was the theme this week at Where’s My Backpack?  I went back to my photos from this summer in St. Paul Minnesota.  As part of our tour of the capitol building we went out on the roof.  I got some fun shots, one of which I have already posted.  From another angle, you can also see the Cathedral of St. Paul:

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ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/8 1/250

I have included the link to the Cathedral because after we were finished hanging out on the roof of the Capitol, we went and took a very interesting tour of the Cathedral.

Because I am studying for my Photoshop midterm exam this week, you should guess that that photo above has been edited.  I will show you the original exposure in a moment and you will see how hazy the light was that day.  In terms of editing, first I created two additional levels layers for this photo.  One I adjusted for the sky to make it more dynamic.  The second I adjusted for the Cathedral, to lighten it.  Once I was happy with that, I put a film filter on the photo.  I used DXO FilmPack 3 for that.  For this photo I picked Kodak elite extra color 100 setting, because I really liked the color boost.  Then I did some final sharpening in Photoshop.

I wrote about DXO FilmPack 3 last week because it is being offered free until October 31st.  I am including the link again in case you missed it.  I’m really enjoying it and maybe you would too.

Here is my original photo:

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/8 1/250

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/8 1/250

What do you think?  Do you like my edited version?  Feel free to leave a comment below.  If you don’t want to talk about my editing, feel free to leave me good luck and encouragement on my exam, I’d appreciate it!