WEEEE – a selfie of sorts & a bit of HDR

WEEEE – a selfie of sorts & a bit of HDR

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.

Photo of reflection in a windowI 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.

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Self portrait? Me and the graffiti

Self portrait? Me and the graffiti

Nice day to wander about with a camera. No rain, for a change.  Was down on Bloor and Bathurst taking a few shots – it’s one of my favourite areas to lurk because it’s always busy. I was standing outside Honest Ed’s (former discount department store, now vacant) looking at all the graffitti that has proliferated. CIties are quirky creatures – they seem to abhore a blank canvas. Leave something long enough and it will be filled.

Some of the graffiti was imaginative; the wall art is spectacular in spots. And then you have the garden variety idiot with a spray can and zero talent. Those are the ones who tag the windows. While standing in front of one of the large windows, I thought the reflection would make a great non-standard selfie. I actually loath selfies for a variety of reasons. I do enjoy self portraits – shots that speak about the neighbourhood and person taking it. When I was standing there looking at the window, graffitti and people striding by, I was struck by how the image captures the empty building. So, I grabbed a couple of shots. When I sat down for a coffee to look over the photos, I ran one through a couple of basic routines – saturation, contrast, increasing shadows yada yada yada and here it is: Photo of graffitti on window - self portrait

Motion Project – Self Portrait of an Urban Scribbler July 07 2017 Bathurst and Bloor, Toronto. Originally meant the scribbler tag to mean me, but after looking at the tagging, it seems to have a double meaning. I’m including it in the Motion Project because it has a kinetic feel to it and fits with what I think of as a city in motion. Kind of cool shot.