The reason I ended up with the image that I showed you yesterday was because I wanted to get the image that I am showing you today.
Above this is the railway line and while you are standing under here, many trains go over the top of you. It is part of the city loop and gets many trains on it every day. The pylons that hold it up have to be strong, and there are a lot of them. You can walk underneath it, to quite a way. It is very sheltered under here, and, because of the way it was built, you know it has been here for as long as there has been trains going overhead.
This area also runs beside the river, and because it does, there are usually lots of people here. I had trouble getting an image with no one in it, and to tell you the truth I didn’t achieve it. I know looking at the image above, you can’t see anyone in it, but there were a couple of people. Let me show you the original. That’s it on the right.
This image is one of the bracketed shots that I took. I took a series of five and this was the second one. If you look closely at it you can see the person very obviously down the walkway. The white thing in the middle is a bus going under the overpass. So I had a bit work to do first, I had to get rid of those tell tale signs of human activity. I can’t have an image about an empty city with people going about their daily lives in it.
I used Photoshop to do this and used the content aware tool. What an amazing tool. I love it, and it has now become a very important tool in my toolbox. It has helped me to love photography again.
As I already said, the original image is part of a series of bracketed shots, and I don’t know if I need to say that I did a HDR with those images, and then the image was processed with camera raw. This is where I start most of my images.
When I go out taking photos one of the things I’ve started doing, well after I load all the images onto my computer is process the ones that I are going to be HDRs in Photomatix. I do one after another, and I get a stockpile of images. Then when it is time to work out what image I am going to show you and to work on, I go into the bridge in Photoshop and start looking and the one that appeals to me most that day, is the one I use.
I haven’t talked alot about what I have actually done to this image today, but I hope you don’t mind, I hope it helps to understand some of the early processes.
That is enough from me today.