It’s time to leave Toronto with this final street photography post. I was fortunate to be in such a cool city with a mix of European contemporary flare, old city charm and diverse ethnic character. An excellent recipe for street photography!
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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As a follow up to my early November street photography post, I’ve included here eight additional compositions I curated from my 4 day visit. As you view this series, I hope you find and enjoy the subtle and not so subtle features contained in these compositions.
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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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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!
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.