The challenge this week is habit.
Lots of possibilities there but for today… It is my habit to take pictures. Then bring them home and edit them down. Then work on them. It is my habit to start with the original:
I bring the image into Lightroom and first check the White Balance, exposure and contrast
All of this is on an as needed basis of course. Then I adjust the shadows and highlights
Finally I fine tune and straighten as needed (many people would do that first but for some reason I hold off until the end.) Fine tuning is working with the detail curve, the saturation and luminance levels, and sharpening.
Not every image gets this treatment. Some get more and some less but this is my basic workflow habit.
Other views of habit:
If I Could, I Would Marry Food | True Stories
Weekly Photo Challenge: Habit (Herf) | Points of View
Weekly Photo Challenge: Habit | Jinan Daily Photo
Weekly Photo Challenge: Habit | Never clip my wings
A cuppa, my way | Kan Walk Will Travel
Weekly Photo Challenge: Habit | PonderTheIrrelevant
Weekly Photo Challenge; Habit | terry1954
Weekly Photo Challenge: My Kitchen Table Farm | Light Words
Still Life With Tony Curtis and Whipped Cream – LJ Pic de Jour | piran café
What Makes Your Day? #nablopomo #poetry #photography | Moondustwriter’s Blog
Weekly Photo Challenge – Habit | Escape from Chao
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The other day I mentioned that at the end of the Boro Walk I saw a Banksy work on 24th and 10th Avenue. I thought I should show it to you.
Now Bansky got his start as a graffiti artist and that is what he primarily remains. A number of the pieces he has already done in NYC have been tagged or painted over by local graffiti artists since they don’t like him. In Brooklyn a man has placed armed guards in front of several pieces to protect them from vandals. There are deep levels of irony in that, I think.
This particular piece had the feel of a temporary site specific installation and when I went back Monday morning I found this.
On the north-west side of 10th and 24th we have another longer term installation. It is The Sheep Station, a work by Francois Xavier Lalanne. It goes something like this.
Always something to see in New York City.
Start from 43rd Street and take the F downtown. Andrew Lichenstein was the leader of the walk.
Tompkins Square Park
and then we begin…
I was in Queens yesterday and came across this graffiti under a train bridge that seemed very apropos given the date…
Ailsa’s theme this week is distance.
Yesterday I combined it with the weekly photo challenge: sea.
The image I am using is from the same shoot as the one I used for the Travel theme: big.
H’mm getting a bit self-referential here, aren’t I…
Ah well. This view is from the summit of Mt Beacon at the end of the old incline railroad, looking over Beacon, the Hudson River, Newburgh and on deep into the Hudson Valley and finally to The Catskill Mountains.
As always a few other views…
Distance | Berbagi Kisahk
Travel Theme: Distance | Patricia Sands’ Blog
Earth, Sea & Distance: Photo Challenges | Canadiantravelbugs’s Blog
Distance – Ailsa’s WTT… | Ouch!! My back hurts!!
Travel Theme: Distance | alien shores
“If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, then eight. Then sixteen. Then thirty-two. Eventually one discovers that it is not boring at all.”
I have been inside the computer for the last 5 hours and my eyeballs are spinning.
Seen on the wall of one of yesterday’s pathways…
and yes, in honor of the artists slogan…I did play with it a bit. Not much but enough to add to the mix.
I took a side trip to East Kingston today. While I was walking down a trail by the river -
I turned around. Behind me on my left I saw this.
and behind me on my right, I saw this.
“`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!’
Nothing beside remains.”
All colors made me happy: even gray.
My eyes were such that literally they
Took photographs. Whenever I’d permit,
Or, with a silent shiver, order it,
Whatever in my field of vision dwelt–
An indoor scene, hickory leaves, the svelte
Stilettos of a frozen stillicide–
Was printed on my eyelids’ nether side
Where it would tarry for an hour or two,
And while this lasted all I had to do
Was close my eyes to reproduce the leaves,
Or indoor scene, or trophies of the eaves.
I took my first pass at this weeks Travel Theme: color here. I thought I should take another run and go in a completely different direction. If you have been reading the Quotidian Hudson for a while you know that I am a fan of graffiti and have a love of 5Pointz.
Here are a few tiny examples of the work there.
and here are a few other views…
There are places I remember
All my life, though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
My “Fine Art Digital Printing 1″ class ended Thursday. It was extremely informative and a great class. Not only did we deal with the print process and preparing images for the printer as opposed to the screen but it was also a good intensive Photoshop review. I came out with 4 images that I think made absolutely fantastic prints.
However, what I am going to show today is the before and after of several images that did not (yet) make it to the printer. One because of the amount of class time available for printing, one that may be good to go but I need to sleep on it and one that I am not sure should be printed.
I realize that this could probably work as a Travel Theme (Smoke and Mirrors this week) or a Weekly Photo Challenge (A Day In My Life) but I am saving up for those..
In no particular order – here we go. Lets start with the problem child. Can you tell which of these is the original? Would you print any of them?
Again I will not say which is the original and which is the “printable” version.
Image the last. What do you think?