Block Brau

Block Brau – HDR image with several layers of textures. ISO 400, 35mm (equivalent), f/4.0, 1/420 sec. Fujifilm X100S.

Block Brau Photo

The goal with the photos this week is to learn more about adding textures into my images. In the past I would have avoided doing anything like adding textures as I had a mental block of how overwhelming layer masks are. Well I guess all it took was a few videos on Youtube to get me started.

Every photo I post this week will have multiple texture layers. Some of the images will be subtle while some I am giving an overprocessed look. Then again who am I kidding. Pretty much everything I am posting these days has a super overprocessed look to it. This is all new ground for me so I am beginning to learn what I like and thats going to take some experimentation.

Originally I just had this image as HDR but I thought it would make a good candidate as an image with textures. Originally the sky was kind of bland and I felt that made the image a little less interesteing. The image was originally processed to look as though it was an older photo. I realize the deliverey truck in the bottom left kind of ruins that feeling. Asside from that I really like aged look I was able to get just through the use of Photomatix Pro, and a black and white conversion in Lightroom. The textures I am using were obtained from Trey Ratcliff – Trey’s Textures v2.

I can’t remember the name of the building but I know there is a restaurant there called the Block Brau. (Turn down your audio before clicking this link.) It’s located on the edge of the harbor in Hamburg, Germany, Just down the road from the Elbtunnel. The image was taken in November of 2014 while I was visiting Germany with my mother.

Growing up one of my biggest dreams was to explore the world. Honestly I never thought this would become reality. But at the end of 2014 I quit my job as a project manager to do just that. I sold most everything I own, packed up the remaining boxes in storage, and set out to see the world. My goals while traveling are to meet people everywhere I go, work on becoming a better photographer, and attempt to stay where the weather is not freezing. Along the way I am posting photos at and writing about my experiences at