Oh Sun! I Turn My Back On You!

How dare you leave me! I Won't say goodnight!

It wasn't quite golden hour when I took this shot . . . er, these shots- about an hour before actual sunset, but late enough I thought I could rationalize it as sunset. This is two handheld iPhone shots blended in PS photomerge. There's some adjustment layers, and some lens correction to straighten the buildings.

+GPLUS::P52::2012 orignated by +Giuseppe Basile
+Project52-2012 moderated by +Gretchen Chappelle, +Shelly Gunderson, +Gene Bowker, +Gary Munroe, +Sue Butler, +LaDonna Pride and +Kate Church.
#2012Project52

 

Lost In The Music

He played, but from somewhere outside of the hall.

Our first evening in Xian included a program of traditional orchestral music, dance and acrobatics. This wasn't as bad as the Peking Opera where I couldn't keep my eyes open. I managed to remain awake through the whole program.

I'm trying something new. The original photo had the flutist in the center and I didn't like it. So I extended the canvas on the left, then mirrored the left side of the original frame. That gave me room to crop- but then the blue background seemed kind of empty, so I selected the flutist, copied him to a new layer, moved and transformed him, then reduced opacity to . . . something something percent.

#China #Xian #Travel

 

How Red Were My Leaves

The others were green with envy.

On our first afternoon in Xian, after visiting a Catholic church- it was Easter Sunday (see this post: http://goo.gl/4pUHW )- we were taken to the Giant Goose Pagoda. In the gardens was this little tree standing alone, surrounded by all the green shrubs and evergreen trees. It stood out, well, like a red tree among the green.

I took two shots, neither of which pleased me, but I combined them into a single frame with Photoshop's photomerge, then added a sky to replace the washed out grey. There are a few other adjustment layers, for example the concrete and rock in the lower right corner were too bright, so I brought down the levels and adjusted the color channels to get a natural looking tone.

#Travel #China #Xian #GiantGoosePagoda #Landscape #LandscapePhotography

 

The Watchers

They're so still, they look like statues!

So, at the factory where they make replicas of the Terracotta Warriors, there were these two standing on a porch, seemingly watching the tourists come and go. They really weren't very well situated, so I gave them this almost-square crop and a textured background (originally an off-white wall). The shadows of the Warriors and on the top and right edges of the frame are the result of adding an inner shadow to the texture layer with the Warriors and palm branches masked. The result gives some depth to the scene, and they don't look cut out. I like that!

#Travel #China #Terracottawarriors #Xian #Photoshop #texturblend

 

Defense Against The Charge

Or charging in . . .

In one of the outlying regions of Xian, between the main city and the Terracotta Army excavation site, our tour bus made something like a 320 degree turn at an intersection where this monument was under construction. What you see here is all that was visible above the plywood safety barrier. I snapped this as we went by, and thus got a poor angle, but we were already pulling away before I could get my camera up and go for the shot. I would love to know what part of local history this monument represents.

Texture was added to the sky to give it a little interest.

#Travel #China #Xian

 

Windswept Landscape Of A Distant Planet

or the wall between the closet and bathroom.

This secction of landscape wall was lit from above by a dying sun compact fluorescent lamp which deepens the shadows and reveals the wind swept lines contractor's trowel strokes, as well as the craters and mountains spackle'd texture of the planet surface drywall.

#2012Project52 +GPLUS::P52::2012 originated by +Giuseppe Basile
+Project52-2012 moderated by +Gretchen Chappelle +Shelly Gunderson +Gary Munroe +Gene Bowker +Sue Butler +LaDonna Pride and +Kate Church

 

Insbruck

A Panoramic View From The Olympic Ski Jump

This was made from 7 handheld frames from the Olympic ski jump overlooking Innsbruck, Austria during a visit in February 2008. There is a larger Zoomified version on my web site: http://www.fuzzyfaraway.com/SmallPano/Innsbruck.html – and even that is only 50% of the original pixel size, but is about what a print would look like from the original at 240 dpi. An even bigger one can be found on my site here: http://www.fuzzyfaraway.com/panoramas/panoInnsbruck.html
Each has its merits, and each has its glaring flaws, but they are what they are.

#Travel #Austria #Innsbruck #Panorama #Panoramaphotography

 

Bobble-dillo

I'm in short supply of animals lately . . .

So, again not out and about, but in my top-shelf toy collection is this red bobble-head armadillo that someone brought me ages ago. The setup was this: 11×17 paper sort of hung from the bottom of my office monitor, iPhone without flash, white balance in ACR, cropped in PS CS6, hue/sat adjustment layer and a high-pass sharpening layer. Done.

+GPLUS::P52::2012 originated by +Giuseppe Basile
+Project52-2012 moderated by +Gretchen Chappelle +Shelly Gunderson +Gary Munroe +Gene Bowker +Sue Butler +LaDonna Pride and +Kate Church
#2012Project52

 

Boat of Purity and Ease

or, "He wants a boat made of what??

The Marble Boat doesn't actually float. It is a pavilion built to resemble one, complete with imitation paddle wheels. The upper 'deck' structures are made of wood and painted to look like marble, but the base is real stone. Ah, the life of an emperor!

April 2009
Processed with Adobe Camera Raw, Photoshop CS6, NIK HDR Efex Pro 2, Topaz Detail 2.

#China #Beijing #SummerPalace #MarbleBoat #Travel