This shot was cropped down to isolate one letter, avoiding the portions of the letters next to it. I liked how the letters were adorned with pigeons. I did some basic exposure/tonality edits. I used a gradient fill filter to darken the bottom, beefing up the weathering over the building. Then I threw in some blue and purple split toning to give it a crossed processed feel. Lastly I added some heavy grain.
I chuckled at how the efforts give it a low down and dirty, cheap camera feel… when it was shot with a 5D MKII packing some L glass in a 100mm macro.
All work was done in Lightroom 3.
I’m a huge fan of muted tones, much like Chase Jarvis has talked about in his blog. Having just one or two colors stand out can really help an image pop. In the past few days I’ve felt a little bit more colorful. Granted there is, in general, still only a few key colors in these shots.
Which one is your favorite?
I can safely say I’d never seen instructions for how to use a crosswalk before.
This was an interesting find, some graffiti. I had a play with Lightroom and Nik Color Effects Pro to pull more zing out of it.
A slight departure from my more natural, unaltered work.
I read a good article on “up close and candid” street photography the other day on my Windows Phone (Samsung Focus) whilst waiting for a table at a restaurant as my family enjoyed the pet store next door. I digress.
I really like the concept of shooting from the hip, getting the candid shots. Something you really don’t get from holding the camera up and pointing it at someone.
Technique: I found the relative quiet of the supermarket required and a short sharp ‘cough’ as I hit the shutter helped to keep my camera secret. Also my 50mm is too tight and its hard to aim, need to get a 35mm prime me thinks.
Strap: Having an Optech USA strap slung bandolier style in reverse (so the lens normally points down) and one (two is too long) extension gives me the ability to do this. My Optech wrist strap would work too, but if out on a long walk you will appreciate the neck strap.