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.
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.
I recently upgraded to the newest version of Lightroom and one of the new features is its ability to correct wide-angle distortion. It does an incredible job of automatically straightening lines. Take a look at the photo below. This was from a photo of a cathedral in Rome I took and processed early in 2012. I decided to put the new Lightroom through the paces and see how it would work on this photo. It really is an amazing difference. I did lose some of the photo on each side but it really makes the photo look much better. More importantly it was very easy; just push the Auto button and the magic happens. One more note, I did reprocess the above photo from scratch by combining 3 photos in 2 stop increments to capture the vast dynamic range and also using the distortion correction.
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.
With the news of a new Pope in Rome, I decided to review my photos of St Peter's Basilica and St Peter's Square from our trip to Rome last February. I was originally going to repost one I've posted before, but I took a look at the photos I have marked for future editing and decided to tackle this one. Another reason for using this image is to talk about travel photography advice. As the title says, don't just take the postcard photo when you're taking pictures while traveling. Don't get me wrong, you should take a traditional shot; the one you've seen a hundred times in travel magazines or on the web, but don't ONLY take that kind of photo. The ones you'll enjoy more are the ones you invest some time in by trying different angles, get closeup or many other options. The traditional take on St Peter's Square is the wide angle view with the Basilica, the Square, the Obelisk and everything in the photo. I did take that photo, but I wasn't very happy with it for a number of reasons. There were a lot of people mulling around, there was a lot of portable chairs setup in the square, and a LOT of construction with scaffolding everywhere. So I decided to try something different and focused on this statue of St Peter.
I processed it with a technique I'm experimenting with that I call my "Not Quite" style. It's not quite color and not quite black and white. May be one day I'll go into more detail as to what it entails.
As i am writing this, there is a Super Typhoon blowing through this small island I call home. Winds are about 120mph outside and I was considering what photo should I put up today. A few of my photography enthusiast (or more aptly freakin insane) friends (David Orr and Pete Leong) went out to the coast and took photos of the typhoon's power. I on the other hand, stayed in my comfortable home, ate too much food, drank too much coffee and watched Lynda.com Photoshop tutorials (Wow I'm boring!). So today I'm posting a simple street photo from Rome. Why would I post this on a day a typhoon is screaming through...? I have no idea, it's just what I wanted to do.
This dome is right at the entrance to the Sistine Chapel. After our tour of the Vatican Museum, we had to wait for about 15 minutes before we could enter. While I was waiting I looked up and saw this gorgeous painting on this dome. I "almost" laid down on the floor, but I'm pretty sure my wife would have gone ballistic, and we were having such a good time. What I did do was try and bend my body backwards as far as I could, then ripped out 3 bracketed shots. I was very happy that I had very little movement and combining the photos was relatively easy. Enjoy.