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Weekly Photo Projects, Week 38
Week 38: Landscape
For +Project 52 B&W our theme was Landscape. I had recently read up on some infrared workflows and techniques so I was once again tempted to try infrared out. It seems my 720nm IR filter is good with black and white conversion but not so good with doing faux color shots, so with that in mind I shot this. I really liked the outcome. The deep black sky was primarily achieved through the IR filter with some tweaking in Topaz Labs Black & White Effects 2. The shadows from the bush on the right kind of play with you, I think, as you want to think this is a night shot.
Week 38: Autumn
Unfortunately I needed to use a backup shot for +Weekly Photo Project 2013's Autumn/Spring theme. It's almost a continuation of last week's photo. In terms of anything special about this hot? I applied the Autumn preset in Topaz Labs Adjust (on sale for Sept for 50% off using "septadjust") which gave it the warmish tone I had envisioned. Then jumped into Lens Effects to add some grain in the photo. Cropeed it square in Aperture to get rid of an annoying distraction on the right and wanted some kind of frame. My one complaint with the Topaz set is not having the ability to add interesting frames, so I tried out an export plugin for some border options called BorderFX.
Before we get into the meat of this post, if you're viewing this on a mobile device, these photos really don't translate that well on it. These are large panoramic photos and really need a large screen to do them justice. Now on with the post.
Occasionally during my Eastern Sierra trip I had the idea to take panoramas to try and take in the full view of what I was seeing and feeling. I tried to focus on a part of the view I was seeing that would fill up my frame, but I felt that it didn't full get the whole feeling with only part of the view, but this led to other problems. All the panoramas I took were literally on the side of the road, meaning I was in the middle of driving, with someone who's not a photographer. So, not wanting to annoy them I left the tripod in the car and took these panoramas free hand. When taking handheld panos my general rule is to take many photos and to go well beyond and after my intended start and stop points so that the photo software has …
If you find yourself in the Eastern Sierra, I highly highly recommend taking a few hours and stopping by the Manzanar National Historic Site. It's tells the story of out not too distant past that we like to conveniently skip over. If you're not familiar with the significance of this site, this is where, shortly after the bombing of Hawaii by Japan in 1941, some 10,000 Japanese, most with US citizenship, were incarcerated. This site is one of ten sites around the country that would come to hold over 110,000 people, again most of which were US citizens, from 1942-1945.
I recently took a trip that led me through Bodie State Historic Park. If you haven't been, and would be interested in seeing what remains of a town that flourished during the latter part of the California Gold Rush, then died out almost as quickly as it sprang up, this is a must visit. I was lucky enough to arrive here during their opening week for the season, with wonderful weather.