There comes a time, well, the thing is, I am running out of images, and I need to make some decisions. I can’t photograph abandoned buildings in the city, I don’t know any, so I need to start working out what to do in the city while I am here. I have had to go through some of my photos and I found one that I took when I was on my trip to the Mallee.
This is a street in Hopetoun, definitely showing signs of the times, lots of shops closed. It is remarkable how busy these towns must have been once. There are so many shops, and I can’t imagine that they would be have been built if they weren’t going to be used. I think if you take a look at all the shops, including the closed ones you can get a great idea of how busy these towns actually were.
While I was processing this image, I wanted the harsh light, but I wanted to remove all traces of what could be considered life. It is not that I want you to think the towns are dead, but I do want you to consider that what the future may be.
I didn’t really do a lot with this image. I did start by doing a HDR in Photomatix, but the main thing I wanted to do was to bring out the detail in the shops. I have probably been heavy handed with the vignetting, but I wanted to give it that old time look. I like vignetting. I also added some warmth to the image. The original image is the HDR as it was first processed.
- Photomatix Pro – 4 images
- Photoshop Camera Raw
- A new layer was added, with blur and diffuse
- Mask added to take away the blur on the shops
- a new detail layer was added
- the image was opened in Topaz Adjust and warmth and vignetting was applied
- a mask applied so that only the shops were given the detail
- blending mode was used.
- I highlighted some parts of the shops and used feathering and then applied curves to lighten that part
- gradient tool used to dark more of the edges.
That was about it, I think.
I heard back from Photomatix and when I get some tutorials done they are going to offer you all a chance to purchase it with a 15% discount, so I might start by doing a tutorial on that, how I do them. It makes sense, it is where I begin nearly all my images.
I hope you have had a look at the Topaz products. I was playing with the new fxlab today. It is fun, reminds me a lot of instagram on the phone, but you can use it for your photos, though it does have some basic editing as well, so it might be a good place for people to start, when they are first looking at editing.
I am hoping to get out tomorrow to take some photos. So I might have some new stuff for you tomorrow night. Fingers crossed.