This week, for some reason, my photos are gravitating towards darkness. Dark, heavy, foreboding… yet with an element of love, light, romance and appreciation. So while I’m feeling it I’m just allowing it to come out.
Yesterday’s photo of the couple making out at the Sydney Opera House, received a lot of favorable comment where it was posted on 500PX.com and Flickr.com. This photo is a lot like that one with the dark and heavily textured yummy sky. This one is not about romantic love and more about love in appreciation for all those souls lost at sea.
I found this place during a fishing trip to Alaska in September. My buddies had chartered a boat for the day to catch halibut and king salmon. We had already caught a couple hundred pounds of silver salmon up on the Kenai River and they wanted to add some diversity to the fish boxes we were going to be taking home. I was more interested in doing photography for a day in Homer. This is one of the several interesting photographs that came that day. Well worth the choice I made to not fish and focus only on my art.
Some of my photos seem to come together quite freely and naturally without a lot of post processing. Others come close, yet they require some tweaking to add that magical light to fully render my vision. This photo did need that extra work and I relied heavily on Viveza, one of the Nik Software plug-ins for Lightroom. Viveza is so powerful to enhance hyper-local areas in an image. In this one I used it to brighten the grassy areas on either side of the memorial. Then the statue inside didn’t look right to me so I had to go WAY in and do some lightening inside the dome to give it a nice glow. I think it all turned out rather well.
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