At least for today, we will be making a trip back to Carrie Furnace. I know that I’ve been jumping around a lot lately, but I feel like sometimes I will go to process an image and think, “Eh, not really feeling this one today”. Then I’ll see the exact same set of brackets a week later and say to myself “Why the hell haven’t I processed this yet?!?!” Well, I’ve been doing that a lot lately, especially after my recent upgrade to Photomatix. I’ve been going back to shots that I wasn’t crazy about the result out of HDR Efex that I now love out of Photomatix. So because of this I’ve been all over the place lately. Which I am fine with. Gives you a bit of variety.
This first shot (and today’s official post) is the view of one of the, um, one of the, uhh, I have no idea really. Maybe it’s one of the actual furnaces? All I know it is looked pretty cool in person and even cooler in HDR. Mike, aka Theaterwiz posted this same view a few weeks ago, check out his work if you have a chance, you won’t be disappointed. One of the coolest things about Carrie Furnace was all the graffiti. If really cut through all the rust and stuck out like a sore thumb, adding some pop to every scene. The processing was fairly straightforward on this one. It is a seven exposure HDR processed with Photomatix and given a Tonal Contrast filter in Color Efex. I like processing scenes like this sometimes because you don’t have to worry about dust spot removal, halos, etc; you can be a bit more over the top with it.
I wanted to share a bit of a different view as well, just slightly to the left of the first shot. I decided to go B&W for this one, and I even mulled over the selective coloring. I sometimes have a tendency to overdo that effect, so after processing it with HDR Efex I gave it a run through Silver Efex to see how it would turn out and ended up being pretty happy with the result. Maybe I’ll start doing a bit more in B&W.
Ahh, Thursday. Hope you all enjoy yours.