I think that I may have jinxed the Pens with my post on Friday. It was an ugly weekend for them, losing both games by a combined 14-6, and two of the most painful games I’ve watched in a while. I don’t even really want to talk about it, so I won’t. Just wanted to mention it.
Something that I need to do soon is get out shooting. I feel like I’ve been a bit lazy lately because I had so many shot from New York that I knew I wouldn’t need to get out and shoot much. Other than Penguin games, I really haven’t been out at all this year with my camera. I may actually go out one day this week after work. It’s not that I am unmotivated; I’ve been there in the past, and it’s kind of a tough feeling. It’s not like I don’t have anything to post when I go through one of those funks. It’s just that I don’t think that anything is good. Then all of a sudden you look at the same pictures a few weeks later, and you start processing away. Not really sure why, but sometimes, that’s just how it works. I guess that I just feel I need to get out of my comfort zone. I have photographed Pittsburgh from so many different angles, at so many different times of day and times of year that I just think I need to get out of Pittsburgh and shoot something different. Maybe go hiking, or a little road trip to another city. Or maybe it’s as simple as just taking out the 70-200 and shooting some candids instead of wide angle HDRs. Everything in moderation after all.
Anyways, on to today’s shot. And yesterday’s shot.
First, yesterday. Another one from Times Square. I mean, I don’t think I could ever get enough of that place, as there are always going to be different people and things there and therefore different stuff to photograph. I’m sure I would get sick of it eventually if I lived there, but seeing as I don’t, I could take pictures of it all the time. Then again I’d have to live there to do that. Touche, catch 22. I took this one form the top of the grandstand in the middle of Times Square, looking towards the corner of 47th and 7th. I really like this view because it shows so much that is New York: the theatre, taxis, limos, people in suits, tourists, people selling you stuff on street corners, chain restaurants. To me, the whole scene is still moving.
This is a five handheld HDR processed with HDR Efex. Had to mask in a lot of the street for all the moving people and cars, and also that tiny bit of sky you see, as it was a bit blown out, then moved it over the Color Efex and added a Tonal Contrast filter. Desaturated the whole scene, then did selective coloring to enhance the reds. Added a warming filter to cool off the blue tones just a bit, and finally added some High Pass Sharpening.
Seeing as today is Valentine’s Day, I thought I would post something somewhat related to the sentiment that today is all about. Looking through the archives I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to use. Then I stumbled across this one from our trip to New York, one I took during one of the five total minutes that I had the zoom lens on instead of the wide angle. This is from the Brooklyn Bridge during our last day there. I wasn’t really thinking too much about this shot when I took, but now I’m glad that I took it.
For the processing, I edited the RAW in Camera RAW in CS5. Decreased the Saturation, increased the vibrance, and warmed up the white balance a bit. Recovered some of the highlights, lowered the exposure and the contrast, and gave it a bit more clarity. Moved it over the Color Efex where I added a slight Low Key filter, at 15% Effect Strength and 90% glow. Gave it a quick crop, and here you go.
Here’s to wishing you and yours a Happy Valentine’s Day!