Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Busy Airspace


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)

Thanks for stopping by.

7 comments:

Light and Voices said...

Welcome back! Triangle effect I will need to remember that photography trick. I love shapes anyways. I will take a look at the other site since you recommend it.
Joyce

Beau A.C. Harbin said...

Thanks very much Joyce, glad to be back. I appreciate you checking out my blog. Shapes and implied shapes can be very powerful. I learned a lot about this reading Michael Freeman's The Photographers Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos. I would definitely recommend the book. Best wishes.

Howard Grill said...

I really like the contrast between the resting bird and the flying airplane....almost a satire!

Anita Jesse said...

Another welcome back from me. What a grand re-entrance. I love the look and feel of this.

Beau A.C. Harbin said...

Thank you very much Howard and Anita. I appreciate the feedback and kind words. Best wishes to you for 2009. Looking forward to all your great images to come.

Mark said...

OK, I owe you one here - not only did I spend a lot of time over at LifeInDigitalFilm, but that sent me over to PresetsHeaven and suddenly hours are gone. :-)

Beau A.C. Harbin said...

Mark you already have since you sent me off to look into luminosity masking. Thanks very much.