A couple years after the events of September 11, 2001, my wife and I ventured to New York City. These are the photos I took from the observation areas of Ground Zero, taken in December of 2003. Tonight, my wife and I were reviewing video clips on YouTube, attempting to give our oldest daughter (10 years old) some scope of what happened that day. I opened these photos for her, to give her an idea of the size of the grounds/territory impacted. This is really the first time I’ve shared them publicly.
After watching a bunch of tutorials on Lightroom, particularly those from Serge Ramelli, I figured I really needed to learn to use this program. The workflows seem to offer more possibilities, faster post-processing times – particularly for large batches of photos – and with the results from a single shot coming pretty close to the look I get doing a three-frame HDR, the space savings could be enormous. All good things. So I started with a shot I did shortly after getting my D610 and Tokina SD 16-28 F2.8 IF. When I shot this, I was expecting to do an HDR with two other shots. This was the -2 bracket, or the darkest of the three, so it was the one where the sky was properly exposed, but the building left in shadows. I’m pretty impressed with the results, particularly for my first time out of the chute with Lightroom. I’ve definitely got a lot to learn with the program, but this could be a game-changer for me. And quite possibly a good one!
The first shot is straight from the camera. Absolutely no adjustments whatsoever. The second shot is all Lightroom + an application of Topaz Adjust to bring out a little of the grit.
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Perfect timing! As I was discussing my new camera with my manager, he mentioned we needed some new photos of our building for some marketing materials we’re working on. With perfect blue skies featuring wispy clouds, I was excited to get right out and get the shots he was looking for.
Two days ago, my brother and I with our sister-in-law and nephew toured the Shrine & Museum of Saint Marianne Cope which is located at St. Anthony Convent of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities in Syracuse, N.Y. The chapel seemed simple at first glance, but held an amazing, powerful beauty in the wood and stonework throughout. The stained glass was perhaps my favorite part of it with their rich colors and fine detail. I would have liked to have spent more time shooting the windows. Another time, maybe.