One with amazing clouds.
The last couple of weeks I have been talking a lot about Lensbaby, and I hope you get the idea that I really love them. They have been great lenses for me and recently I wrote an article about them for Digital Photography School. It was published today and here is the link.
I have photos for you as well that have been on Instagram this week. I hope you enjoy them.
Sometimes you can get two images, or process one two ways and then not decide which is better. Or, as often happens with me, I like one, but everyone else seems to like the other one. I wasn’t sure what to do about this one. It seems on Google+ people like one, but on Facebook they like the other one. So I thought it would be nice to put them both up here and see what you think.
The image is a long exposure I did of the city. I used the Formatt Hitech Firecrest 16 Neutral Density Filter and it was a four minute exposure.
I put a brown kind of tone over it and then decided that I didn’t really like it. I thought it made it look dirty.
I removed the brown tone and made the centre a little brighter.
I like the second one more as I like the steel look. It is colder and perhaps has a hotter look.
So the choices are there, which one do you like the most.
Trying to put up fresh photos every day, or rather at least one is a challenge. I’m lucky I have lots of photos that I can go back and use, but still, sometimes when looking for one you see something in another that you hadn’t noticed before. Then again sometimes there is a series of images that you hadn’t considered making one of, like this one of the New York night lights.
This image is done with four images to give more light trails from the boats going past. It is a process I have done before. It is also something that I had thought of doing a tutorial on. So if you are interested in learning how to do this, let me know and I will prepare one.
When I was in New York I had some good opportunities to take photos of the Manhattan skyline and when I got home I processed them. Some of them are among my favourite photos that I took while there, especially this one. Now I want to try to do that with the Melbourne skyline.
I like the way the buildings are like blocks all jammed in together. I really liked the way the image turned out from the processing. I managed to repeat it on a couple of other Manhattan skyline shots, but I don’t seem to be able to get the same look for Melbourne.
Besides the fact that New York is so much bigger than Melbourne, it is also much denser. There are so many more buildings there. Tall ones too. I think that as it is surrounded by so much water it is also easier to get back from it and get these types of shots.
Melbourne is a whole other story.
You can see that while I was across the water you just can’t fit a lot in. This is one end and there aren’t a lot of tall buildings on this side of the city.
I also don’t seem to be able to get the same sort of processing to work with my photos of Melbourne. I’m not saying I don’t like this, I do, but for different reasons. I do love the skyline shot so my challenge now is to work out how to process them for here and make them my own. I am starting to work out some things.
The other thing I have to work on is finding different perspectives to shoot from. That is on my list to do this year. Though, the summer is really making things hard for me.
I will have to continue the experimenting with the processing. I know I can do it and I know my Photoshop skills are up for it. I am quite confident about those, so now it is time to just play, my favourite thing to do.
Have you been keeping an eye on the gallery pages? I’m adding new photos all the time and sorting through some. I will also be making them all for sale as well.
The other day I had to do some work on a image unexpectedly and as I was doing some basic work to it, I wondered. So I decided to see what I could do with it and spent a lot more time on it.
I really like the way it has come out. I did quite a bit of work on the buildings to bring them out a lot more. I used curves quite a bit to achieve that. I also like using the dodging tool as well. I added some colours to the shadows as well.
I had a similar image a while back, it wasn’t quite the same, it didn’t have the new World Trade Center, but I like having that in it. It is becoming an iconic building in New York and you know when you see it that you are looking at New York. I also like that you can see the Empire State Building as well. The difference in heights between the two is quite amazing. That could be due to the fact that the ESB is a lot further back, still nice having it there.
I really want to do some shots like this of Melbourne, but we don’t have a big expanse of water like that for you to get it in the distance. Melbourne is far more closed in and our river isn’t that wide. We also don’t have that many large buildings. I have a few ideas and when I get my camera back I will be spending some time in the city seeing what I can get.
I’ve had some problems with the galleries here. Something changed somewhere, but I have got it all figured out now, well I hope, and you should be able to click on the images to see a larger version of the image.
The other night I was given an opportunity to go up to the Eureka Skydeck 88 and take photos from the 88th floor. It isn’t an easy place to do that. You are behind two sheets of glass and it is hard to stop reflections. I managed to do it, but you will have to wait until next year when I write an article on how.
It is lovely seeing Melbourne from this angle. Looking down on top of it. Though I wasn’t so sure when I started processing the images. There is a lot there and it was hard making sense of it. I played with this for a day, trying this and that. Still not sure about it, but it is time to move on. It did make me want to capture some different shots, so in terms of informing my work and giving me inspiration it has certainly done that.
We almost missed this. We were convinced that there wasn’t going to be any sort of sunset that we went elsewhere on the deck. Then when we moved we could see this. It was a great contrast, the colours of the sunset with the city lighting up. I was very pleased that we got up and moved around. I like the way the sunset is almost reflected in the city.
It is a great place to go and take photos, but also a great place to just sit and look. I like going up there and I am thinking of going again. Just be prepared, it does get busy, especially around sunset and if you want a good spot to watch it, then I suggest you get there early. You do have to take your photos through the glass, so pick clean areas and get your camera as close to the glass as you can. There is an outside area, but it can get very windy, and they have a wire mesh which makes it very hard to photograph through unless you have a small lens. I wish they had something like the barrier they had at the Empire State Building where you could still fit your camera through it.
One of the wonderful things about Melbourne is how flat it is, and you can really see for miles, so the Skydeck is a great way to see the city and surrounding areas. You really are overlooking the CBD as well. If you are in Melbourne I would recommend going up there. If you want more information here is the link.