Keeping Watch

Photo of the Day

While in Ocean City, Maryland last year I made the short trip over the border into Deleware. I had made a silly goal at the beginning of the year to make pictures in 13 states. I made that goal, but it seemed very forced. It did get me into Deleware though which I may not have done without the goal. Just over the border is this great little lighthouse. In fact as I took this photo I think that my feet may have been in Maryland. I liked this simple house with the lighthouse looming over it. This is a beautiful scene that like many historical landmarks has to be photographed just so. A trailer park is just out of view on the right, and the front of the house here was littered with power lines. I will talk more about that in the section below.

Technical Data

I first took three pictures on the scene bracketed at -2, 0, and +2. Back at home I ran those three images through Photomatix to fuse them together. I then sent the 32 bit file back to Lightroom so that I could use the sliders there. I used a Matt Kloskowski preset called HDR in Lightroom (medium) on the image to start. From there it was a task to massage the sliders to get the look that I wanted. When I had the image close to where I wanted it I opened it up in Photoshop. There I took out the six power lines that ran directly through the image. Normally I would not have even taken this shot because of the power lines. Here I took it because I liked the angle, but also to test out the content aware tool in Lightroom. I was not let down as it made the lines disappear without a trace. I really have fallen in love with this part of the program. Shots that were too cluttered to take are not very doable. I then took the photo into Perfect Effects 4 by On One Software. I wanted to see what the program could do for me. I applied one of the glow effects called “Orton Hears a Who” to the photo. I only ran it at about 20% opacity, but it did make the picture look better for me. After that I posted this image here last August. While going back and looking at some old photos I still thought that the sky looked a little off. I wondered what it would look like in black and white. I used a James Brandon preset called black and white high contrast on the image. It gave me the look that I wanted. I tweaked the sliders just a bit, but this is that photo. I thought that it gave the photo a look that shows the age of the lighthouse.

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