Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/7.1, 1/50 sec, Raw
Putstraat From Above B&W
Close to the train station there is a tall building, I believe it has 7 floors. Today 7 in the morning I went over there and tried my luck ringing on the bells. I thought I might be lucky and get someone to open the door for me and let me to take a picture from one the public balconies on the back side of the building. The view must be amazing from there. Finally, I managed to get hold of someone, but there was no way to convince this guy to open the door for me.
The sun was rising quickly, so I decided to abandon the idea and headed straight to town. I came to Putstraat and walked to the other side. I had in mind few ideas that could highlight the street, but after trying them out none of them gave me the feeling I was looking for. I wanted something a little different than other photographers would do, and so I thought it could be a great idea to capture the street from higher above.
In a distance, there were beautiful clouds forming too and I wanted to have them smoothly spread across the image. To achieve the result I’m showing you today I extended my tripod to the max length, set my camera to ISO 100, f/7.1, 1/50 sec and used 10 second timer. I reached as high as I possibly could and let the camera to take a shot. For the clouds, I changed my shutter speed to 2.5” sec, closed the aperture all the way to f/22 and took a shot with my tripod fixed on the ground.
Happy with the result, I went home to process the images. I cut out the clouds out of the picture. I used radial blur filter, set the amount to 20, and changed the blur method from spin to zoom. Then I pointed the blur center almost all the way to the right and hit okay. I brought the clouds to the other picture, aligned properly and set it to overlay. Now all I had to do was to set the opacity of the layer to 70% and I was done.
I took the picture to lightroom where I applied couple of filters to enhance the picture a bit and then I send it to Photoshop again. In Photoshop I applied unsharp mask, curves and contrast and brightness. Then I noticed few bits and pieces that had to be cleaned out so I did that and the image was done.
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