February 20, 2013

The Ascent

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This is from a building in Lawrence that I originally shot with Brian Matiash back in 2010. Or 2011. Can’t remember. Anyway, it was a productive day shooting a great location for both of us. That day, I grabbed a shot of this stairway from about the same angle. Looking at it on my camera’s LCD at the time, I loved the image. That is, until I got home, downloaded it and started processing.

It wasn’t horrible, but something about it wasn’t right. Maybe it was the angle of the opened door, or the lighting. Or maybe I was just being too picky. Whatever the reason, I ended up hating it and did nothing with it.

Fast forward to last Saturday when Steve Perlmutter hit this place. We got to the top of the stairs and there it was three (or two) years later, exactly as I remembered it. I kicked the door open a little wider, scrambled back down the steps, set up and grabbed the shot. Again. This time, BOOM!

Yes, it is another B&W shot. In fact, almost everything I shot that day was converted to B&W. Most of them after running brackets through the Photomatix 32 bit HDR plugin for Lightroom. After running it through, I did some minor tonemapping in Lightroom and sent the image to either onOne’s Perfect B&W or NIK Silver Efex Pro.

On another note:
The first Historic Mills Photography Workshop scheduled for April 6 at the Everett and Stone Mills is about half full. And we are thrilled. If you are interested, head over to the site and check it out. Regieter if you must. But please bear with the convoluted process. We are new at this. We promise it will get better.

Email me with any questions.

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