Every once in awhile I take a selfie. Kind of …. it’s usually an accident. I was down by Berczy Park (Wellington St) again and stopped to take a photo of an old cash register in a window. I liked the rich browns and thought I could do something with it later. I initially tried to grab a shot without my looming reflection and realised catching my reflection made for a much more interesting photo. It was fun playing with the reflections to create a mood rather than a basic “look at me” kind of selfie.
I did a little HDR wizardry (among a few other effects) in Photoshop to bump up the colours and create a hyper sharp image. I was surprised to see the glassware pop out the way it did. It created a cool effect. I’ve finally learned a little adjustment goes a long way so the photos are looking a little less like amateur hour with Photoshop than when I started out. It also helps that I’ve gotten better with the settings on the camera so the original images are cleaner to work with.
If you’re interested in seeing more photos stop by my Instagram/Twitter/FB account. I post slightly different extras on each but I toss a lot of photos on Instagram that don’t make the website cut so it’s a fun way of seeing what I’m working on throughout the week.
I’ve been flipping through the photos I’ve taken over the past couple of years and noticed a growing trend. I’ve become a bit obessessed with construction sites. You may see a hole in the ground, I see a strange bit of art going on – creating something from nothing. I was shlepping around Berczy Park towards Yonge yesterday and saw the left overs of a completed skyscrapper. It’s been under construction for … feels like forever, but let’s just say a long time. At the far east of the building is a small area with a bit of equipment behind fencing. I got all excited and a bit goofy with my face pressed to the fencing muttering “cool, diggers come in small sizes”. Felt a bit embarrassed when I realised the man walking behind me was watching. Oh well, not the most embarassing thing I’ve ever done in public, won’t be the last time I accidently say out loud what’s binging around in my brain.
It was cool. I’ve only seen the big, big diggers and this was so compact, not much bigger than a Bobcat. It was awesome. I’d love to drive around in one! No seriously, I would (speaking of utterly embarassing myself). Don’t think there is enough insurance in the world to cover the damage I’d likely bring down around me. What would be cool is to be able to get inside one for a bit and take photos. I wonder what the view is like.
Anyway, I’m digressing. I took out my handy camera and grabbed a few shots. This time around, I tried to pay attention to the over all framing of the shot. I have a hard time reading the screen to set up the photo so next camera will definitely have an eyepiece. I took a few shots, being mindful of the buildings around and the sidewalk layout. When I fired up on the laptop to look at them I was impressed with the way the colour of the buildings complimented the digger (what is the name of that machinery?). The sky was blown out, not much I can do about that. A simple filter will help in the future. But the structure was exactly what I wanted.
I threw it into Photoshop and ran a few filters to draw out the yellow in the buildings and the machinery. I have a thing for deep, rich blacks and bumped the black up so the colours come out sharp but not over saturated. I compensated for the bad sky by increasing grey content so it complimented the dirt and gravel. I remember looking at the site thinking the piping on the ground would be a good center to take the shot and turns out it’s spot on. So another Construction Site Still Life to add to the collection.
I wonder if diggers come with training wheels.