This image required me to tone down some of the colors as it was just an unbelievable morning of colors. Rain set in about an hour following sunrise which put a damper on my posting something to the Drone post on this site. Anyway I’m finding out that sometimes I need to slow down and enjoy the beauty around me rather than worrying about the next composition, the next light, and the next photo. Sometimes life is about sitting back and enjoying the beauty around you. I should have put the camera down following this shot and just Daydreamed .
Sunrise to Remember
What a great start to the Memorial Day weekend. Cloudless skies made me wonder if I’d even like this shot. I must say how pleased I am with the dynamic range that full frame has brought to my shots. Equally, I’m happy that I decided to squeeze off this just shot before the sun came up. Guess you can consider this another of my BRINK of Day photos. Be sure to checkout some of the others photos in my BRINK of Day post. But for this shot I merely dragged my shadow slider to the right to reveal some of the details about the sand. Remember those that gave their lives for our Freedom this holiday weekend.
Heaven Looking In
Heaven Looking In has to be one of my favorite sunrise scenes in recent times. This shot was made using my graduated neutral density filter. I decided that the most important element for this shot would be the milky waters. To achieve this I would need to increase the amount of time needed to make a proper exposure. With current wind speeds being around 15mph I knew from other shots during the day that 5 seconds would be enough to blur the water. The other consideration was to keep the dramatic skies in place without bluring them too much. Again 5 seconds was just right for me. I also wanted to lead the viewer to this amazing rays of sun. I used the cement walkway to point the viewer towards this important element. While I could have backed up and changed my angle to give the “Rule of Thirds” its respect, I decided not to because of the not so dramatic clouds to the right of this scene.
BRINK of Day
Be sure to check out my newest photo quest of photographing what I call the Brink of Day. That part of the day when a rising or setting sun is just below the visible horizon. Some call this the “blue hour”. Whatever you call it, the colors in the skies are just amazingly beautiful. The heavens are better painters than we could ever be. The audience is a whole world. Please checkout this post using the link on the right. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. Please leave me comments or criticisms. Both have shaped the way I look at things and more importantly; photographed.
Chase Bank Building
Make no mistake about the beauty of the Chase Building that finds itself among the Chicago skyscrapers. Clear skies meant that this photo could be taken without the orange muddy look I’ve gotten in the past. f-stop 14 meant that building lights would cluster as if they too were stars. This ornate clock in the foreground was included to provide interests and depth to the overall scene. If you’re ever in the Chicago area, don’t forget to look up. There’s some amazing architecture up there. Modern and ancient architecture co-mingle up there making the Windy City what it is today.
Harrison & Wabash
For this image I decided to use my magic wand tool in photoshop to replace a cloudy night sky with a starlit sky from another photo. To do this I would select the areas I wanted to delete. I used a sensitivity of 15 which meant that I could later use my eraser tool to get at the details. I magnified the shot in order to get the edges the attention it deserved. I think this adjustment gave magic to the image as a whole.
Permit Required got it’s name from the unusual circumstances surrounding its capture. I noticed this shot several weeks before I returned at night to photograph it. I brought my tripod and DSLR to the passenger loading area. Standing there for a few arrivals I noticed that the trains were not coming fully onto the platform due to track repairs. “One thousand one… One thousand two…” I settled on a 12 second exposure. That way I could get some of the buildings on the other side of the train along with the streaks of light. Finally I would get a motionless car towards the end of my exposure. Anyway back to the name “Permit Required”. When the train came to a stop an employee got off the train and asked me for my permit. “Permit?”, I asked. I told him that I was from Ohio and not familiar with their rules. I figured playing dumb was the best way to deescalate everything. He told me that I needed a permit in order to have my tripod on the platform and that it posed a safety risk to passengers. There were very few passengers at this time of the night but I didn’t argue with him. Having the shot I wanted I left. As I was leaving, another employee asked me what company I was with.
A Time to Reflect
I arrived at Buckingham fountain in the morning; a time when I felt as though I could get my shot without a lot of tourists. I got here to find that the fountains were not running as I was too early. I noticed the reflection of the city in the water and thought that this actually made for a better shot. In the digital darkroom of Photoshop I added a duplicate layer. On that layer I added a High Pass filter and a soft overlay in layers. This greatly increased image clarity to the buildings. I used the original image to bring back the softness about the skies. You can’t see it here but when viewed in it’s actual size, an interstate sign in the distant can be read.