Happy New Year!
On our way back west during the Canadian train trip we had a several hour layover in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Winnipeg is a lovely city and the Manitoba Legislative Building is a must see if you’re ever there. Perched atop the structure is the Golden Boy. Unfortunately, the G11 zoom doesn’t have the reach to get up close and personal with the impressive statue, so I had to settle for jaunty shots of the edifice. I like this one.
It has the look of an HDR image, but this is a single shot straight out of the camera with black and white tweaking done in Nik Silver Efex Pro.
Canon G11 admiring the form.
More holiday Nik Silver Efex Pro play. I took this shot during the brief stop in Portland, Oregon on the last leg of the 10,000 mile train trip. Obviously, the sun rays bursting out from behind the clouds caught my eye. The original camera image was decent considering the highly contrasting elements, but I prefer the effect of flipping it to black and white, letting the foreground elements drop out, and boosting the dynamic range of the sky.
Canon G11 overlooking a Portland skyline.
It’s a very rainy Christmas day here in the SF Bay Area–meaning no outdoor photo opportunities. So it’s back to the 10,000 mile collection. Here’s two I think work well in black and white (à la my new Nik Silver Efex Pro Photoshop plugin):
This was the Saskatoon station in the early morning on our way east. Like I said before, not all Canadian train stations are palatial.
And a couple of thousand miles up the tracks, this is different view from our first room at the Hotel Belley in Quebec City (it was obviously rainy, but I was looking out from our cozy, dry hotel room).
Canon G11 exhibiting the memory of an elephant.
During the 10,000 mile trip, I made a point of grabbing a shot through the train window whenever we made short stops at stations where continuing passengers couldn’t get off the train. This one is from somewhere in New Brunswick on the ride between Halifax and Charny. It’s an odd juxtaposition–the gray skies and dilapidated building, the neat line of discarded freezers, and the girl in a red jacket talking on a cell phone… kind of “mysterious.”
Canon G11 at a train stop somewhere in eastern Canada.
Sipping a pint or two at a bar with a camera on hand sometimes makes interesting shots happen (did I just say, “Shit happens?”). I pulled this one out of the 10,000 mile trip archive, filtered it through Nik Silver Efex Pro (no cropping) and liked the result.
Canon G11 looking back in black and white.