I would love a less pressured visit.
Our last day in Shanghai in April 2009, we took a ride on the Shanghai Maglev Train that goes to one of the airports, reaching a speed of 430 kph (267 mph), the fastest I've ever traveled on the ground. Afterward we were taken into a shopping district where the Yuyuan Gardens (also known simply as Yu Gardens) are located. It was a fairly busy place, but I managed this shot without any people in it.
I've also been playing around again with Russell Brown's Photoshop extension, Adobe Paper Textures. Since you aren't given a choice of time-of-day for taking tourist photos, some interesting and beautiful locations become washed out and boring. In cases such as this, you do what you can with vignetting and textures to try to highlight the beauty of the place.
#Travel #China #Shanghai #Yuyuan #textureblendphotography
Revisiting a photo with
better newer tools.
I recently installed Dr. Russell Brown's Adobe Paper Texture extension in Photoshop (found here: http://www.russellbrown.com/scripts.html) and came away with this treatment that I kind of like. I'll have to go through my archives and see what else I have that might lend itself to a textured treatment. It's something that I like when it's done well.
Some people seem to be able to visualize a textured photo at the time of capture, but I've only had one or two other pictures that I thought really worked well for me. This one: http://goo.gl/0jEc7 and this one: http://goo.gl/K2mGZ.
There is a different version of this photo (http://goo.gl/M5Vz4) in my Ski Holiday 2008 album that I did up with a more cinematic crop and a duotone treatment. The original RAW file has a limited tonality because of the color of the ambient light, atmospheric haze and surface reflections, so the scene lends itself very well to mono- and duo-chromatic toning.
#Prague #Travel #textureblendphotography #textureblend
A cold, hazy winter morning.
We had been given a whirlwind tour of Prague on a tour bus. We arrived at the cathedral/castle complex and there was still frost in the shadows. Peeking over some buildings before us rose the back lit spires of St. Vitus Cathedral. All in all, it was a spectacular sight- one that I would love to have another shot at.
There is lots of Topaz Detail and Topaz Adjust 5 in this- not to mention some hard light blending and texturizing.
Pardon me if you've seen this. I accidentally made the original post limited when it was posted for #SacredSunday and #TextureBlendPhotography a couple of weeks ago. I updated the original post to include +PaintIt Saturday, but the post remained limited. D'Oh! In any case, this is a new post for Public Consumption.