So here I am at Fort Hancock on another cold afternoon in New Jersey. It’s certainly not my favorite place to be during the winter months in New Jersey, but access to the park and the absence of loads of people make it much more conducive to shooting. So I know I want to shoot a time lapse but I just realize I don’t have a significant amount of memory to shoot a 20 second TL. At this length you need to shoot approx. 650-700 pictures and I had no where near the amount of cf cards to complete this project so I turn to just photographing the sunset on the west side of the fort (the side facing Sandy Hook Bay).
My thought in processing the above shot was to accentuate the facade of the officers quarters as well as bring out the drama in the sky. I do this mainly utilizing the adjustment brush by dodging the facade and burning the clouds and grass in the foreground. Satisfied with that result I work a bit on the overall color temp of the shot, add a bit of contrast and finally invert the radial filter to produce a subtle vignette. Result(IMHO): 3 out of 5 stars…..
Not totally satisfied with the result I decide to take the shot into Topaz Adjust to add a warmer tone. In the vibrant collection of Adjust I picked the sunset- dynamic preset and bam, the exact look I want. Result(IMHO): 3.75 out of 5 stars.
I get up out of my chair to get some munchies and relax my eyes and come back and see that the shot looks very static. (Do you know what I mean?) I’m not sure if that’s exactly what I mean but something wasn’t right with the composition. So I start to play with the crop tool and something about this result catches my eye.
I rotate the shot counter clockwise and it just adds a bit of movement to the shot(IMHO). I’m not sure if that’s it but it’s more appealing to my eyes. Result: 3.95 out of 5 stars.
Jury’s out…. I’d like to know your opinion! Let me know in the comments section and I’ll award a downloadable print (of your choice) to the person with the most insightful critique. Go ahead….. Have at it!