Bus stop, Bainbridge style! Yes, this is a real bus stop. Had seen it many times and finaly decided I should photograph it. I didn't really think it would work as a Topaz Adjust subject, but with the new Adjust 5 I had a surprise.
I played with a few presets, some looked kind of cool. There is a collection of "Film" presets meant to recreate the look of some old films. I had not heard of "Lomo" but I liked what Lomo I and Lomo II did quite a bit. They completely changed the look of the image, making the foliages especially interesting.
I settled on Lomo I. The center of the image was too bright for me so I used the local adjustments and added a burn effect to darken it. Back in Photoshop, the interior of the structure was too cool for my taste so I used color balance to warm it up.
As always, click on the continue link to compare the original. I think you'll be pretty impressed with what the Topaz Labs people have added in Adjust 5.
Had another submarine come through the backyard, on Christmas eve. Trying to get those sailors back to their families I'm sure. This one was a bit different than the others however. Looks to me like she was running on her diesel engine. Was also flanked by four tugboats. Usually their are tugs closeby, but not tied up actually pushing the sub. Not sure what the deal was with the nuke plant, but anyway kind of made it more photogenic.
Made me think this is what a sub on the surface would have looked like long ago, recharging her batteries with the diesel. So I gave it a vintage feel, also sort of a moody look.
For a major holiday I usually want to post a representative type image. Looking for today's image, I kept coming back to this one. Sure it has the holiday theme going. I think I'm also kind of amazed we have a tree in fall color, with all its leaves, at the end of December?
But I think too I like the fact that it is a city image. The only time I lived right in a city was back in the 80's in Sydney, Australia. I enjoyed the city very much, walking miles nearly every day. Despite the fact that I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, San Francisco never really was my kind of place.
But Seattle is, and I'm so pleased to have the opportunity to live close and to be able to enjoy it. Kinda photogenic, too!
Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all my friends everywhere!
I find it difficult to explain why I'm drawn to window mannequins as photographic subjects. Does this say something about me? Maybe I don't want to know? I know what it is, as a manual focus rangefinder shooter (i.e. the Leica), it's easy to focus on these subjects, since they don't move much. That's it.