Trump Tower, Chicago IL
I was really tired from our conference in Chicago and barely made it out in time to shoot sunset photos on the only day that wasn’t completely overcast. I was searching around for a new composition and had to settle on this one as the colors arrived. This is on the North side of the Chicago River between Michigan and Columbus aves, on a sidewalk know as the River Esplanade.
This is a manual blend of three exposures and it’s the first manual blend I’ve ever made in Photoshop. I’m lucky to have a very sturdy tripod so it made the blending job in Photoshop really easy. I don’t think I could have done it if my camera moved even a tiny bit, without learning some complicated technique at least. I also used a two-stop soft-step graduated neutral density filter to reduce the exposure in the sky. Someone asked why I use Lightroom and Photoshop to process a single photo. The answer is because I’m much faster in Lightroom and prefer to do as much as possible in Lightroom before using Photoshop for anything. Then when I’m done in photoshop I might make a few minor tweaks back in Lightroom before exporting to a jpeg. I’ve really enjoyed learning Photoshop on the fly.
Thanks to everyone who has gone out and voted for my photo in the photo competition I’ve entered. Unfortunately I don’t think I will win the fan favorite part of the competition as there are a few photos that have doubled in votes recently. My social network is apparently pretty weak, even for East Texas standards. But a lot of smuggers did go vote for me and I really appreciate that! Hopefully I will fare better in the judging categories.
It has been a really long weekend! Sal Cincotta was rocking on CreativeLIVE and I assisted Sarah with a wedding and an engagement shoot. I’m wiped! And just in time for Monday!
Critiques are always welcome.
Daily photo: April 22, 2013, taken April 13, 2013