Monday, May 25, 2015
The Charleston Charm photo tour is now over, and what a wonderful trip it was. All participants were relaxed and easy-going, and captured some amazing world-class images. It was a joy to spend time with them and to see their amazing images.
Charleston is known for its lovely historic homes and churches, and this is just one example. Sometimes zeroing in details rather than the entire building is a more powerful approach. In this case I chose to concentrate on the curving stairway and the lovely ironwork. Because of the checkerboard pattern on the sidewalk, I tried to incorporate geometric shapes and lines to create the composition.
There are the horizontal lines of the steps, the verticals of the ironwork posts, and the curve of the stairway. And of course the squares of the sidewalk pattern. Each of these elements works together to bring your eye into the scene and ascend the steps.
Because this was shot with a wide angle lens, there was some distortion in the vertical lines. Lightroom's perspective controls helped to fix those issues. I also used the Clarity slider to soften the overall image by moving it to the left about 40 points, providing a slightly less realistic look.
Have a happy and enjoyable Memorial Day.
Shutter Speed 1/200 sec. Aperture f/10. ISO 400. Lens: Canon 17-40mm f/4L set at 17mm. Camera: Canon 7D Mark II. Handheld.
TODAY'S QUOTES: "America is hope. It is compassion. It is excellence. It is valor." -Paul Tsongas
"On Memorial Day we honor [not only] the combatants [and those who lost their lives], but those who came out of the trenches as writers and poets, who started preaching peace, men and women who have made this world a kinder place..." -Eric Burdon