Old pilings on the river

One of the beautiful things about large digital files is the latitude of detail–if the overall exposure is good shadows areas can be brightened and highlights can be darkened in post production. Digital photographers can do this in camera with graduated neutral density filters, but the “trick” is less effective with angles. For this Petaluma River image, in Photoshop, I pulled up the shadow areas and lowered the highlights with the “Shadows and Highlights” image adjustment tool to give it an HDR effect.

Petaluma Bridge

Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm at 24mm. 1/160 second at f/11, ISO 200.

Canon T2i rolling on the river.

Solarized ride

Today, at the end of my commute, I stopped in town and wandered the streets for 20 minutes or so looking for stuff to photograph. I happened upon this cool looking, but rain dirty 1953 Buick Roadmaster. The surrounding scene wasn’t so great, but the look of the car (especially the front end) got me snapping. Once home, I loaded the images into Photoshop, picked the shot I liked the best and proceeded to do my usual Nik Silver Efex Pro tweak. While clicking through the Nik presets I chose “solarized” (an effect I usually ignore) and BINGO! I don’t tend to go “cartoony” with my photo manipulation, but the strong solarizing effect worked magic on the image.

1953 Buick Roadmaster solarized

For reference, here’s the image straight from the camera.

1953 Buick Roadmaster

Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm at 22mm. 1/160 second at f/11, ISO 200.

Canon T2i catching a ride.

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