While looking through my catalog, I came across these images from late last summer. Shot near my water garden, I knew these plant subjects would make excellent black & white candidates. The first composition also work well with a vintage Kodachrome emulation.
Part four in this series continues a mix of architectural abstracts, street vignettes and general street photography compositions. Hope you and enjoy, and please share your feedback (positive and negative) on this series. Constructive criticism provides valuable insight to artists as to how the public perceives their art.
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I expect this to be the final post of Toronto architectural abstracts, and following this should be a final street photography post. I’ve enjoyed exploring the pushed HDRish styling used in this series. I hope you have as well.
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High above Victoria St in Toronto, I spied this brave fellow painting the metal window framing of a twenty story building. At this point in time, the painter was painstakingly applying primer. So he had to go back over the face of this structure again to apply the final coat of red! I would say these are mashup of architectural abstracts and street photography.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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?
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