When weather or whatever keeps me from getting new and updated photos, I end up going back to older photos that are in my editing queue and I start working on them. In most cases I tweak them to take advantage of new technology or my updated tastes, but........ sometimes the crazy creative man inside me takes over and goes nuts. The first photo (monochrome one) was the recent update. I used Lightroom's most recent perspective controls to straighten up the world and then did a crazy monochrome conversion. The second photo was what I did back in Feb 2012.
Decided to get up early and wonder the Coliseum grounds. This is a rework of a photo during our trip to Rome in 2012. I used the new Lens Corrections in Lightroom and processed it with the just released Photomatix Pro 5. If you have any interest in blended photos or HDR, you definitely want to check this new program out. I just got it, but the big change now is the Contract Optimazer screen. This will bring your bracketed photos together but keep it realistic without the crazy HDR artifacts seen in this genre. In the new photo above, I did go a little artsy in my post-processing but it was for effect. The photo I did last year is below to show the difference.
On my second day in Rome, I set out before sunrise to catch the Coliseum as the sun come up. After that, I headed out on a random walk and ran into this grand plaza.
Oh so you thought I was referring to the dizzying heights this shot was taken from? No I'm referring to the wide range of photos I've been throwing at you over the past few days. Today, I give you a photo from the Empire State Building. Unfortunately, as you can see around the horizon, it was a hazy (maybe smoggy) evening just before sunset, but it's still an interesting shot from an iconic New York landmark.
A pano of St Peter's Basilica.
This really is an amazing place. I wish I had more time to just take photos all day, but we were part of a tour and I had to keep up. Some day we'll get back and I'll take my time.
Today's photo is an example of what many photographer commenters would say is what NOT to do with a photo. I have had this photo in my "Need to Work On" collection ever since I first took it outside Florence, italy in Feb 2012. I thought it was a photo with an interesting subject in a fascinating environment. Unfortunately, the several times I worked on this photo, it just never seemed to make an impact; it was lacking something. Many photo commenters say you shouldn't keep trying to make a photo work. If it doesn't work with just a couple minutes of work, then it's not a good photo. I'll sum up their position with a common phrase I used while in the military; "You can't polish a turd". BUT, sometimes the image needs some time to simmer and experimentation to find what can make it work.
This was from my first day in Rome. I headed out just after arriving at the hotel and saw this garage with the wall art right around the corner from the hotel. I composed the shot to have the motorcycle look like it was climbing on top of the mini car.
During our trip to Rome last February, I took a lot of photos of the Coliseum because we stayed in a hotel just a couple minutes away. I took sunrise, sunset, mid-day, panos etc, but this is by far my favorite. In fact, it's the only one of the Coliseum as the main subject I selected as a pick from all those photos. I particularly like how the people at the bottom give context to the incredible scale of this ancient marvel.
I was walking around a park near the Han River when this guy pulls up in his custom Harley. I couldn't resist taking some photos of this fine machine
This is from the long and more than 1,500 step tour of Florence's Duomo.