Now that we are home, I am getting back into reviewing my images and getting some things posted here. This image was from a solo photowalk I did one afternoon along the Potomac River in Alexandria, VA. I liked the view of the gull looking at me and the triangle he made with the other gull and the airplane. I feel the placement works (other images show them closer, etc), and I like the straight wing of the upper gull to emulate the wings of the plane. I had another shot with the gull's wings bent, but it did not seem to work as well for me. I considered cropping out the gull in the very bottom corner but decided to leave it because I felt it added something. I might change my mind on that though.
As for processing, this is a HDR image but taken from a single photo. I processed it both over and under exposed and then brough them all together. I needed to do this to keep the moving birds and plane frozen. The image is very noisy because of the high ISO needed for the shot but I like it as it gives the image some "crunchiness" to my eye. In post, I used Michael Gray's Lightroom preset Fuji Neopan 1600 Curve. (Michael has been building an incredible library of presets to emulate films. Check out his blog LifeInDigitalFilm.) I really liked the feel of this preset. It really made things pop for me and gave the sky a nice moody feeling, even though it was a partly cloudy blue sky. I then toned the image to give it a bit of blue and added a slight vignette. Oh and I lightened the gull on the post a bit.
Image of the day: Along the Tracks #1 (Chromasia)
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