I was looking back through my Lightroom photo archive tonight and came across the original of this image – shot in June 2002 with my first digital camera – a Kodak DC290. I think I probably still have it around here somewhere!
The DC290 had a 2.1 megapixel sensor – and was one of the weirdest looking “cameras” ever made. But I was able to get some beautiful shots of Norway with it on a special vacation to our “hometown” – Loftesnes – just across from Sogndal.
When I came across this image tonight, I loved the composition. It had been sitting in my archive for fourteen years – with me ignoring it. The composition seemed ideal for a monochrome treatment – so that’s what you see here. A bit of platinum toning was applied and a border added.
Brings back memories of being on the boat heading to Sogndal years ago!
I’ve been enjoying going back through my Lightroom photo archive and looking for new opportunities for images.
This is one I came across tonight – I reprocessed it in Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2 and Topaz Simplify 4 – along with apply a severe crop in Lightroom.
I love the look – brings back memories of our days in Sydney in 2012!
I was looking back through my Lightroom archive tonight – and somehow came across this image shot during a workshop I took up in Sonoma County in 2010.
I’d processed it to monochrome – but hadn’t actually shared it. I love the sweep of the bridge and the tonality of the monochrome image. Let me know what you think!
One of my favorite spots in San Francisco is the Palace of Fine Arts. It’s such a beautiful setting and the people watching is always great as well.
In this image, I’ve used a painterly approach – adding a bit of texture and smoothing out some of the detail. I kept the colors bright – as that’s how I remembered the day.
The monochrome image below – titled “Power and Glory” – provides a different emotional dimension – one of strength and detail.
Sometimes the camera angle adds to the power of an image. That and the lens.
Here’s an example – shot with my Nikon D600 at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts.
Post-processed in Lightroom with VSCO Film. That image title just popped into my head as I was processing this image – lots of power and glory indeed!
Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, we’re often bored by the boring blue skies that seem to dominate much of the year. So, when it’s raining, it’s fun to go see what kinds of images we can create that are different.
Yesterday, I headed up to San Francisco hoping for a few of those kinds of shots. I took 280 to King Street and then proceeded along the Embarcadero. There was a traffic jam at the Ferry Building – a road crew has closed two of the three lanes – and I happened to look over my shoulder at the Bay Bridge as I pass by. I noticed that the end of the suspension span of the bridge disappeared into the clouds before it reach Treasure Island. I decided to pull off to the left, execute a U-turn and head back around to the Embarcadero near Pier 24.
From there I captured this shot with my Fujifilm X-E2. A bit of post-processing in both Lightroom and Photoshop CC yielded this moody result. It’s one of my favorite recent images.
That title is a quote from Winston Churchill that seemed just right for this image from Havana last year! He’s got attitude!
Two years ago this week we took a one day workshop at Point Reyes with photographer Marty Knapp.
I tried to emphasize the range of tonality in this image – using a combination of adjustments. I captured it with my Canon 5D Mark II and processed in Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CC using Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2.
This image brings back a lot of memories for me – it was a wonderful day we spent with Marty.
Following on from yesterday’s “The Leader” image, here’s another example from our visit to Havana, Cuba last January. Also shot with my Nikon D600. I’ve been experimenting with some new techniques for monochrome conversion using a new action being developed by Dan Margulis as some other special tricks.
Here’s the before image:
Beauty – Havana – 2013
This is one of my favorite images from our trip to Cuba a year ago this week. It’s a shot of the lead singer in the band the night we were at Cafe Taberna – which plays that wonderful Ry Cooder / Buena Vista Social Club style of music. By the end of the evening, the band had us on our feet with lots of folks dancing in the aisles. Such a great memory!
I re-processed this image last night and uploaded it to Flickr. Today, it got picked up by Flickr Explore and went viral – resulting in thousands of page views and many new followers to my Flickr photostream. Pretty amazing to watch! The re-processing I did last night primarily involved a new Photoshop action being worked on by Dan Margulis which does some magic to portrait shots. I then processed it into monochrome in two steps – first using Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2 and then applied a platinum gradient map to give a gentler look to the monochrome treatment.
If you’re curious, here’s the original image straight out of the camera – my Nikon D600:
The Band at Cafe Taberna in Havana Cuba
Cafe Taberna – Havana Cuba