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;
- Original HDR image directly out of Aurora HDR Pro
- Layer Mask for dodging and burning
- Black and white converted image including crop
- Layer Mask overlaid onto black and white image