Speaking of liberty, I could get all political here and I really want to, but instead I will just say liberty does not seem to be the same anymore and that's not a good thing.
I took this shot the other day as I was leaving the capitol grounds. You see, I went out there on my lunch hour with hopes of playing and practicing with a new 10-stop neutral density filter. I figured some nice cloud streaks over the capitol would be a good place to start. There were some wisps of clouds in the sky when I drove to the capitol, but by the time I got there they were pretty much gone. So, not one to miss an opportunity to shoot anything, I took a few snaps of the grounds and this was one of the more unique shots I got. I guess I'll have to try the ND filter another day.
This is a single shot raw file that I processed in ACR and Photoshop CC's black and white filter. Then I just removed noise with Nik Dfine and sharpened with Nik Sharpener 2.
SO... Originally, I was just going to post the black and white shot directly below. But, after letting it "cook" for a while, it just came off as being a little blah. I loaded this shot into flickr at the same time I drafted up this post, so instead of processing it some more in Photoshop, I decided to see what flickr's Aviary editor could do. I put this through their effect called "Avenue" and I kind of liked the aftermath. That's the second shot below. What do you think? It certainly added a little interest in my eyes as well as a little pop. Maybe it is too much? The goddess herself might be a little blown out, but I still kind of like it...
Above: Original black and white
Above: Edited in Flickr's Aviary.
Camera Nikon D700
Exposure 0.001 sec (1/1000)
Focal Length 300 mm
ISO Speed 200
Exposure Bias 0 EV
Flash No Flash
Exposure Program - Aperture-priority AE
Lens Model - Nikkor 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
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