Dark City Angel

Dark City Angel

Dark City Angel

For years I thought the sculptures on the Chicago city library were gargoyles. Last night I was able to get a closer look. They are Owls backed by foliage. Libraries represent the collected knowledge and culture of the city. This Owl is just one of many perched around the edge of the building protecting the contents inside. When deciding on a name for this image the Dark City Angel felt like a natural choice.

Being back in Chicago I am reminded every day of the amazing sights that are packed into the downtown area. I really only miss locations when I return to them after being away. The last couple of weeks in Chicago I find myself missing the city more than I thought I would. However I do not miss the traffic or the winters. So perhaps I have selective nostalgia.

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This image was taken on my Fujifilm X100T. It is an HDR image that I created with Aurora HDR Pro, then converted to black and white in Lightroom simply by pulling the Vibrance and Saturation sliders all the way down. Noise was removed using Macphun’s Noiseless CK.

How I did it

Lately I have had many questions on how I do some of the edits in my images. So I am including the layer mask I created in Photoshop that really makes this image pop. It doesn’t look like much but when this layer mask is applied to the original image, and a blend mode of Overlay is used a dramatic difference is created.

The sequence of images below is;

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Mt Tolmie Summertime Sunset

Mt Tolmie Summertime Sunset

Mt Tolmie Summertime Sunset

Summertime in Victoria is much warmer than it has ever been. The result is amazing sunsets almost every night. Much different than the stereotypical vision of Canada being full of snow and Igloos. So here is another Mt Tolmie Summertime Sunset.

This shot is taken from the parking lot of Mt. Tolmie. It seems to be my favorite place to shoot sunsets in Victoria as I keep going back for more.

This is likely one of the last shots I will publish using my Sony a7R II. I have it up for sale. If anyone is interested please feel free to contact me. I would love to sell you the camera and two lenses. The photo just got my typical Aurora, Lightroom, and Photoshop treatment.

Coming up

The next place I am traveling to is Reno, and then off to Burning Man. There is no internet connection there so I will once again be offline for at least a week starting the 28th. Afterwards I will have a bunch of super cool photos.

Chicago Reflections

Chicago Reflections

Chicago Reflections

Being back in the city again has inspired me to take photos of Chicago Reflections. This is one of the several images I shot and edited in the last few days. Wandering around downtown Chicago is a great place to find super interesting things to shoot.

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This image is the Aqua Tower reflected in the windows of the Blue Cross Blue Shield building. It was shot on my FujiFilm X100T. Edited in Adobe’s Lightroom, Photoshop, and Macphun’s Aurora HDR Pro.

Other News

Still in Chicago for a few more days before I head off to Burning Man. I recently bought a new point and shoot camera which I hope will get me through the dust and conditions of BM. I’m still not posting regularly. I feel my time in North America has turned into a vacation from my travels, so I am spending a lot of time chilling out and visiting with friends. I’m also eating at all the places I have missed over the last 7 months of wandering around South East Asia and India.

 

Chicago Southside Beach

Chicago Southside Beach

Chicago Southside Beach

This is my first post in two weeks. I know this is a daily photo blog but I decided to slow down a bit and relax for a while. Being back in the US feels like a vacation from traveling. On top of that I was sick for about a week as well. I will be starting to post again, though I will not promise that it will be a daily basis until I get back into the traveling mode again. So today I have this image that I call Chicago Southside Beach.

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Last night I went down to the beach near Hyde Park in Chicago and took a burst of photos to use in the creation of this image. It’s been fun to be trying new techniques in Photoshop without feeling the need to constantly be posting images. Noiseless CK was also used to reduce some of the noise in the sky area.

The image is created using a high ISO setting and a burst of 9 photos were taken. Shooting with a high ISO at night creates a lot of noise in the image. I have learned a new technique that compares the median pixel colour and removes the majority of the noise. After that it was a matter of using my typical toolbox of tricks to make the image pop a bit more.

Carpet Sellers

Indian Carpet Sellers

Indian Carpet Sellers

I shot this while wandering the Night Market in Anjuna, India. One of my favorite places to hang out in India was the night markets. This market had many carpet sellers along with almost everything you can think a tourist would want to buy in India. It also had two open air night clubs, and an live band playing on a separate stage. Yes the market is large enough that none of these can be heard by the others.

In Other News

I’m still in Victoria, Canada. And I am sick. For the last few days I have been stuck in bed completely exhausted with what I thought was an allergy. Now I am leaning towards really bad cold. I have one more week here in Victoria before I head off to Chicago. With any luck I will be recovered from this funk I am in so I can have enough energy to enjoy Chicago.

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