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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Not a clue how I managed to create this:
 Photo showing north skyline @ Yonge and St. Clair looking west Toronto

It's a view from my balcony - north skyline of Toronto, last summer. I fussed with it a bit off and on during the winter, trying this and that. Problem is, I wasn't keeping any notes on what I'd done. I simply created it, saved a copy and moved on. I found it while culling photos and thought "cool". I like it but for the life of me can't figure out everything I did. I vaguely remember using it to experiment with saturation and highlights. I enjoy tweaking saturation for a specific effect to draw the viewer's eyes to a feature I'm interested in.  I also remember thinking St. Mike's cemetery should standout. It's one of the oldest cemeteries in Toronto, surrounded by highrises and condos. Not a lot of people realise it's nestled where it is.  

I think I was trying to make some of the architectural features pop out as well. I'm endlessly fascinated with how highrise buildings change neigbourhoods and how simple design elements can radically change the view. To the left of the photo, the blue building (not that bue in real life), has a cool pattern that shows up if you adjust the highlights a bit. I've noticed that in a couple photos. I suspect that was the intent behind this work - trying to make the balconies and windows reveal their patterns.  

Kind of cool. It's now my desktop background. I do have notes on what Photoshop elements I was experimenting with around Christmas so maybe that will clue me into what I did.

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