Are You Dizzy Yet?

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. 

 

When Should You Give Up On an Image?

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. 

 Canon 7D with Canon 24-105 4.0L lens.  Processed with Lightroom and Perfect B&W

Canon 7D with Canon 24-105 4.0L lens.  Processed with Lightroom and Perfect B&W

Street Art in Rome

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.

Canon 7D with 24-105 4.0L lens.  Processed with Silver Efex Pro and Lightroom

Aah The Coliseum...; A Little Roman Reminiscing

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.

 Handheld Canon 7D with Tokina 11-16mm 2.8 lens.  Processed with Lightroom and Nik Software's Color Efex Pro with some selective sharpening in Photoshop

Handheld Canon 7D with Tokina 11-16mm 2.8 lens.  Processed with Lightroom and Nik Software's Color Efex Pro with some selective sharpening in Photoshop

Walking Around Seoul

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

  Handheld Canon 7D with Tokina 11-16mm 2.8 lens. 3 bracketed shots at +-2 stops combined and tonemapped in Photomatix Pro.

Handheld Canon 7D with Tokina 11-16mm 2.8 lens. 3 bracketed shots at +-2 stops combined and tonemapped in Photomatix Pro.