A strange thing happens when you convert to B&W, textures and patterns not seen in a colour image emerge. wrote an excellent blog post on the mental checklist - https://plus.google.com/+MartinBailey/posts/fXc3NBpTsPY
It doesn't account for what's not seen. The writing on the wall is almost invisible in the colour version, not something I noticed at the time or until I decided to give this image a grungy look during processing. I don't think I'll share with the family.
As promised, we're continuing to listen and respond to feedback on the new Google+.
Today we're launching a number of updates to our Web preview including:
- Adding a 3 column stream view for very wide screens
- Adding the ability to reply to comments in context
- Removing the limit on circle streams in the menu (previously 6)
- Adding the option to view 'Posts from Circle' from the Following screen
These changes (which you can see in the image below) will be rolling out today. And look for more updates on Android, iOS, and the Web soon. Thanks~
Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends, scattered all over the world.
Thanksgiving always causes confusion in my household as we're British not American. However, my wife works for an US company, the kids school is international and they have many friends celebrating today. My youngest thought process recognises there's an event involving turkey, therefore it must be Christmas and where's his presents!
I decided to dig out an old photo I took on a trip to New York in 2005. I called this shot, 'New York Icons'. It was an early HDR experiment, super saturated blue sky, yellow cabs and line of flags running down 5th Avenue. It ended up being published in a book, shocking when I look at the colour version I produced at the time.
I tagged along on my wife's business trip - she worked, I played and visited B&H. She later ambushed me on the door steps of Tiffany's. It was a very memorable and expensive few days. I had my new canon 1DMkII. During breakfast on our first morning a businessman saw the beast hanging round my neck and we started talking. He was astonished that it had 8MP! How times have changed. It was a great camera but its size was its downfall.
When I opened the raw file in Lightroom, I automatically zoomed in to check for sharpness, chromatic aberration, the usual stuff. In LR there's a 1 second pause as the preview updates from a low to high res image. I clicked on this and nothing happened. I waited a few seconds before realising that nothing was going to happen. My amazing 8MP file is nothing compared to the whopping 36MP files I'm now used to. My tiny mirrorless Sony goes in my manbag every time I leave the house, the 1D required a rucksack and the boot of a car.
I would never have taken this photo three months ago before joining in his House of Monochromatic Exploration at . I certainly wouldn't have had a clue how to process it. It's not to everyone's taste. I'm just grateful my craft and vision is growing.
Check out who has posted a couple of shots of this memorial. There's a blog post on what to shoot in Singapore.
Depending on how google posts this image, there may or may not be a longer description once you click on the image . . . who knows what G+ is up to at the moment.
Second of 15, my Level 8 submission at House of Monochromatic Exploration at
Another sky shot celebrating the clean air. I watched a very good video in the Grand Library using three as a compositional element. I'm still working on building composition into my images. What drew me to this scene though, is the striking similarity between these artificial trees and trees of Europe in late November stripped of leaves. Just thankful for no more haze.
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