Saturday, March 6, 2010

Looking Down from Above

Here's the dilemma.. Most of the time, I like it when no one is in the shot. I think most of us photogs think the same way, unless it adds interest to the shot in some way. Here, I'm not so sure. You see when I went to shoot the dome and rotunda at the Texas Capitol, there was this one guy who just would not move. He just kept standing there... Not only for this shot, but when I went up to the same level he's on in this shot, he still stood there. He wouldn't move! So I just had to work with what I had. There were all kinds of other people there and they went about their merry way. But NOOOO!! Not this guy. So, I ask you, does he add to this shot or not? I like to think, if anything, maybe he adds some perspective to it. Yeah, that's the ticket! Or, maybe he just screws the whole pooch on it. I'm not sure if I made up my mind yet.

Anyway, this was taken with my D90 and Sigma 10-20mm lens, ISO 200 and an aperture of f11. I merged it in Photoshop CS4, tonemapped it in Photomatix and post-processed in CS4 using the Nik Color Efex plugin, specifically the pro contrast, tonal contrast and bleach bypass filters. Here's something I haven't mentioned previously, but I clean it all up using Imagenomic's Noiseware Pro, and sharpen with Nik Sharpener. If anyone cares, maybe I'll put out my standard formula for how I do this.

Anyway, let me know if you like the guy on this shot or not. If not, any recommendations on how to clone him out? I 'm not sure of I could do it without it looking too crappy.


  1. I think it is fine, it gives some perspective. Plus sometimes you just can't out-wait these kinds of folks! I like the processing, good work! Jim

  2. I totally get you, we usually don't like people in our shots either. But I think for this shot it works very well for perspective, you see the how grand the dome really is.

  3. Cool! Thanks for the input guys.


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