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For week 9 of +The Patch - PhotogrAphy Themed CHallenge our dual themes are Architecture for the month of March and for week 9 Building Features. I came across this church and really liked the taller spire or steeple. It looked like it had just been recently re-shingled. There were two things about this shot that I felt needed to be handled well, the detail in the circular shingles on the outer walls, and the look and feel of the re-shingled spire. That meant having a smaller aperture than I would have normally shot, and taking some time in post processing to make sure things were nice and sharp. The photo was pretty sharp to begin with, but +Topaz LabsInFocus lets me sharpen things up a little more. Then I used Clarity to really target contrast in the shingles. Then I used Black & White Effects to do the conversion. I ended up having to tone down the white of the church as it was overwhelming the detail in the walls, and honestly, was quite blinding. Then finished the photo up in Detail with what I hope was a subtle boost in detail overall, with the wisp of cloud masked out.
*Tap tap tap* Is this thing on? Is this thing even working? Do I even know how to do this anymore? Do I even want to do this? All good questions, with some (hopefully) being answer with this post. Meaning if you can see it, it's on and working. The other questions? Well, who knows at this point. But, if you're seeing this, congrats! You probably had the RSS feed (which may or may not still be working), or some other little service I was using over a year ago is still shooting this out to social media. What brought me back? Am I back?
What brought me back is easy. A couple days ago +Blogger released a, well, blog, detailing some new themes: https://blogger.googleblog.com/2017/03/share-your-unique-style-with-new.html. I didn't hate them, and in fact liked one (the one hopefully you see here) and I went poking around, and re-kicking the tires to see if anything else about Blogger had changed. On first glance, nothing else has changed, which is both good and bad.
Am I back?…
It's been a while since I've put anything up here, but I haven't been neglecting photography. If you follow me on Instagram, Twitter, or my favorite mobile sharing/editing tool VSCO Cam you'll see I've been shooting and editing lately more often with my Moto X and the VSCO Cam mobile app. But there's been some interesting news lately in the photo world that had me interested enough to actually do a post.
If you've noticed I have a thing for photographing lighthouses. This is a little farther up the hill from my earlier post and is pretty simple, as lighthouses go. It has a great view of Cape Blanco. A year after taking this set of shots and I'm a little disappointed in my framing. All of my shots of this lighthouse make it look like it's on a grassy hill that could either be on the coast or 10 miles inland. This shot at least has a sliver of the cove in the background.