Thursday, September 17, 2009
Back to the Missions
I'm beginning work on the series of San Antonio Missions photos for our friends. I put a bunch of my selects on Flickr for them to look through, and they picked a couple of finalists from each mission. This is Mission Espada. Funny, I would have never picked this particular frame to work up. Not that it's bad, but this was one of my early images out of the gate -- taken with backlighting, no bracketing, and a wedding procession going on just below the bottom edge here. But as I studied it, I saw some potential here --nice ribbons of clouds in the upper right and with a little cropping there is a certain amount of majesty that seems to come through. It just goes to show you, as much as we edit our work and constantly refine our workflow, sometimes it takes an impartial eye to see what we often overlook. Lucis Art was used to bring up the contrast in the sky. A black and white Nik Silver Efex layer in luminosity blending mode was added to further enhance the sky. The final layer was a Nik Silver Efex sepia layer.