Wordless Wednesday

Uwharrie Tractor and Barn Composition 2
Uwharrie Tractor and Barn Composition 2
Uwharrie Tractor and Barn Composition 1
Uwharrie Tractor and Barn Composition 1
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Toronto Architectural Abstracts, Pt 3

Here’s my third installment of  of architectural abstracts from Toronto.  After some experimentation, I believe I’ve landed on a cool stylized architecture workflow I really like.

King St E Architectural Composition 1
King St E Architectural Composition 1

The first step includes some dehazing of the sky followed by some stylized HDR processing.  Its important to manage the noise introduced when applying pushed HDR processing, especially when working from a single image, and not a bracketed series of exposures.

Toronto Architectural Abstract 1
Toronto Architectural Abstract 1

Next comes the newest and perhaps differential aspect to this workflow – finishing the composition in Alien Skin’s Exposure X3 using the Fuji Velvia slide film emulation.  It provides a nice extra boost in contrast, lost in HDR processing, plus a touch more saturation, especially in the cooler colors.

King St E Architectural Composition 2
King St E Architectural Composition 2

Next to the sweet film emulations, Exposure really excels in the control it allows in vignetting.  Using degrees of bump size, distortion, positioning, feathering and mask position, you can get a perfectly customized vignette for every image.  My vignettes aren’t necessary subtly applied, but are often subtly perceived.

Adelaide St E Abstract 4
Adelaide St E Abstract 4

For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high resolution version from my portfolio site.  Thanks for taking time to visit my photo blog.

Cheers,

C. S.

Street Photography – Toronto, CA

Canada Legal Day One at Saint James

For the past several years, I’ve enjoyed the street photography posted here on WP.  For the first time, I deliberately shot some street photos while visiting Toronto on business a few weeks ago.  Along with the urban landscapes and architectural abstracts, I had a blast shooting in Toronto!

Canada Legal Day One at Saint James
Canada Legal Day One at Saint James
Adelaide St E Vignette 1
Adelaide St E Vignette 1
Yonge St Composition 3
Yonge St Composition 3
King St E Vignette 1
King St E Vignette 1
King St E Composition 1
King St E Composition 1

I would be interested in your feedback on my first intentional street photography effort.  For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high resolution version.

Cheers,

C. S.

Toronto: King St. E & Church St. Abstracts

The modern architecture in Toronto is quite amazing.  Walking around the city with my Nikon was like being a kid in a candy store.  This post features buildings near my hotel on King St. E.  In the first two images, Toronto streetcar wiring adds an additional element to the composition.  The mid-day, overcast light presented quite a different look from the early morning compositions further below.

King St E & Church St Composition 1
King St E & Church St Composition 1
King St E & Church St Composition 2
King St E & Church St Composition 2

Below I further abstracted the compositions with pushed HDR processing in my newly acquired Aurora 19 software.  Though less realistic, the intent is for a highly stylized, almost pop-art feel. Pretty cool, eh?

King St E & Church St Composition 3
King St E & Church St Composition 3
King St E & Church St Composition 4
King St E & Church St Composition 4

Thanks for taking time to visit.  These images are best observed by clicking for a high resolution version from my portfolio site.

Cheers,

C. S.

Gamecock Game-day, pt 3.

Well, I had a few more compositions left to make up a third post in this series. Well call this my Mostly Monochrome Monday post.

Stadium Fan Vignette 2
Stadium Fan Vignette 2
Enjoying the Rain 2 Monochrome
Enjoying the Rain 2 Monochrome
Rain Shower Relief
Rain Shower Relief
3rd Quarter Hardy Fans Composition
3rd Quarter Hardy Fans Composition
Stadium Fan Vignette 3
Stadium Fan Vignette 3
Rain Shower Relief 3
Rain Shower Relief 3

While working on this series, my wife asked me why I would travel all the way to Columbia for a USC Parents Day Football weekend and not include any pictures of our son Parker. I told her I did, he’s in the middle of the student section cheer photo below!

Sandstorm Towel Wave in the Student Section
Sandstorm Towel Wave in the Student Section
There's Parker
There’s Parker

Cheers,

C.S.