City rooftops

By February 17, 2009Blog

City rooftopsShot with Canon 5D, 200mm f/2.8L II
@ 200mm, f/2.8, ISO 640, 1/2000s

I don’t know if I’m alone in this or not, but I really find this shot interesting. The lines, the shapes, the textures, the tones… they all combine to make something special to me. And maybe it’s the little boy inside of me that sees these rooftops like some sort of cool urban tree-house. I’m also fascinated with ‘the city way of life,’ as I’ve mentioned several times before.

The view from my back porch is a large, open field. With cows. The visuals in the city… the simple things that New Yorkers probably don’t notice or appreciate in the same way as I do… are 180 degrees from what I’m used to. And that’s one of the things that I’m trying to capture in my photos of NYC. The essence of the city. The simple elements that help define its character.

In processing this shot, I started out with my custom Lightroom preset Grayscale, Punchy. From there, I adjusted the color temperature, exposure, contrast, clarity, black clipping, cropped in just a tiny bit, and finally I made some very minor exposure adjustments in key areas with brush strokes.

As a sidenote, I highly recommend experimenting with color temperature adjustments when working in grayscale if you’ve never done that before. It might seem counter-intuitive to adjust color temperature when you’re not working in color, but it actually makes a huge difference in the tones. You can really make extreme adjustments when you’re not working with a portrait, as well.

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