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.
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.
Haven't been doing much photography lately so have had to reach back to the archives. Any idea where this is?
An early morning at a Tokyo train station.
I took this on the day we were returning to Okinawa from Tokyo. We had to get an earlier flight from Narita than we initially planned so we had to get on the first train from Mejirodai (Hachioji area) at 5:30am.
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.
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.