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Life has been, to say the least, pretty darn hectic lately so I’m missing out on time to shoot. I did get away a couple of weeks ago and traveled to an old historic church in eastern Georgia. This image called “The Chair By The Window” is my first image processed from the bunch that I shot that day.
This was shot in a very old, rundown church. I found this church via a friend in my photo club. He was able to give me Google directions and all. I’m not sure I would have found it otherwise since it’s in the middle of nowhere. I’ll have a few more images to share in the days to come but this was one of my favorites.
This was a 5 bracket HDR image merged in HDR Efex Pro 2. When I shot this scene, I envisioned a vintage look with some sort of texture involved. I recently began experimenting with a free version of Perfect Effects 4 Premium by OnOne Software. Once the brackets were merged, I processed it normally in Lightroom then opened it in Perfect Effects and applied the Rice Paper Vignette texture. I lowered the opacity to 75% to soften the effect and increased the Scale a bit to widen the vignette. Overall, I think it’s very close to the image I had in mind when I shot it. I also thought about using a Linen texture at a low opacity but I haven’t found one I like yet.
I’d love to hear your input on this image and your use of textures. Give me some feedback in the comments below.
© 2013, The F/Stop Guy: The Chair By The Window
From atop Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, you can view a great deal of the surrounding landscape. Uusally, you can clearly see Frenchman Bay near Bar Harbor. Frenchman Bay has a number of small islands the largest of which is Ironbound Island. As we got to the top of the mountain for sunrise, we watched a giant fog mass roll in and completely swallow Frenchman Bay. The swirling fog looked like some kind of fluffy vortex of clouds. As we watched, the sun rose above the horizon and bathed the right side of the fog and the mountain in this soft yellow/orange light.
Equipment and Processing
This image was taken with the Canon 7D and 24-105 lens. Processed in Lightroom and Photoshop to bring out the texture in the clouds.
© 2012, The F/Stop Guy: Fog Over Frenchman Bay
Unlike the retailers in this country, I typically wait until after Thanksgiving to acknowledge that the Christmas season has begun. With that in mind, I thought I’d share an image of the Duluth City Hall from last Christmas.
Duluth, a suburb of Atlanta, built this beautiful new city hall in 2007. There’s a common area like a park in front of the building complete with a fountain. Each year, they decorate a Christmas tree, hang lights and wreaths and generally get in the Christmas spirit.
On this day, it was overcast and there were some pretty dramatic clouds rolling in behind City Hall. I decided a HDR image would work well in this setting. The photo was taken with a Canon 7D and the Canon 10-22 lens. 5 brackets were processed in Apple Aperture and then blended in Nik Software’s HDR Efex Pro. The control point technology in Nik’s products allowed me to do localized adjustments in the image. Some perspective adjustments were then made to offset the distortion from the wide angle lens.
2012, The F/Stop Guy: Duluth City Hall
When you visit Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains for the first time one of the first things you’ll notice is the sheer number of bare, dead trees. These trees are Hemlocks that have been attacked and killed by the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. It was this sight that provided the subject for Hemlocks In The Fog.
The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid is a non-native insect, originating out of Asia, that kills hemlocks by depriving them of nutrients. The insect was first detected on the eastern seaboard in the 1950s before spreading to the Blue Ridge Mountains and then up through the northern Appalachians to Maine. In Shenandoah National Park alone, up to 90% of all Hemlocks have already died due to the infestation. Adelgids were originally discovered in the Smokies in 2002. The death rate of the Hemlocks has slowed due to the introduction of predator beetles and hand treatment of the trees by the Hemlock crews.
Composition and Processing
On this day, there was a heavy fog at the higher elevations. I had originally intended to be there for the sunrise but the fog had other ideas. As I stood there scouting the area I was struck by the way the dead Hemlock trees stood out in the fog. It was a ghostly feeling. I shot this with a Canon 7D and the 24-105mm lens. Processed in Lightroom and then converted to black and white using Silver Efex Pro 2.
© 2012, The F/Stop Guy: Hemlocks in the Fog