I don’t normally get too philosophical on my posts, but today I think I might, as this will be a shorter post.
It seems like we (myself included) are always looking ahead, looking forward to something in the future, be it a vacation, a wedding, a graduation, holiday, or simply the weekend. Most of the time, there is nothing wrong with that at all, especially in regards to major life events, like a wedding or the birth of a child. Life goes by so quick and when we spend time hoping and waiting for things to come, it can make it go even quicker. Sometimes, we just need to take a step back and take a look around us to enjoy where we are and what we are doing right now. If we spend every day just waiting for tomorrow, have we really gotten everything we could out of today?
On to today’s shot, which inspired the sentiment of my blog today. I’ve taken a shot similar to this in downtown Pittsburgh before, and while I really like it, I took that shot in the middle of the day, so the light was pretty harsh and the background was just ok. I like this one a lot better, because the background, even though it is out of focus, gives you a wider variety of colors. I even snuck a sunflare in there, which I didn’t think that I would be able to get at f4.
This is a seven exposure HDR that I laid on the road and blocked traffic to get and then processed in Photomatix. I had to do a little masking on the upper left and right hand corners of the shot to get rid of minor haloing there. I boosted overall saturation, as well as added a curves layer of green and yellow to enhance the trees and line on the road. Finally I added a Tonal Contrast filter (Color Efex) and Turbo Boost filter (onOne PhotoTools) to complete the shot.
Thanks for stopping by guys and gals, see you tomorrow.
Happy Monday everyone, I hope that you all had a great and relaxing weekend. Even if it wasn’t relaxing, I hope that it was still great. We had two beautiful days in a row here in Pittsburgh, which hasn’t happened for months. More storms to come this week, but for now, we are enjoying the nice weather.
I was thinking about maybe starting some kind of a theme day on the blog, given that I have posted candids on consecutive Mondays. I’m not sure how many I will be able to post in a row, as I have a very limited backlog of them, but I’ll give it a shot. Today, I introduce Candid Mondays.
Back to Mt. Washington we go, to continue with shots from Mothers’ day a few weeks ago. Like I’ve said before, I had the telephoto lens on for most of the day/evening, trying to branch out from my current wide angle addiction and this is one of the results. I was heading back down Grandview Avenue, the main drag through the hill top community to get some HDRs from the very overlook that these two were standing on. Unlike the candid I posted last Monday, which was a hurry up and get the camera up as fast I could shot, this was a little bit easier to capture.
Simple processing here. Opened the RAW in Photoshop, desaturated the entire image and increased the vibrance. Brought back some of the saturation of the reds and greens, and increased both the black levels and overall contrast. Added a very slight Tonal Contrast filter to everything but the sky, a Pro Contrast filter to the entire image, and the Hollywood Effect in onOne software to polish to it.
Hope you’ve enjoyed the inaugural Candid Monday. Back to the HDRs tomorrow.