This is the river view of the Gaylord National Hotel at National Harbor in Maryland. I think it’s a pretty cool looking building and the last time I shot it the light was horrible, I had just gotten my Sony A7R and I was using cheap adapted lenses. This time the light was super fantastic and I used a $1000 lens. So there is a wee bit of difference in how the images came out.
I will confess that the camera itself did not exactly produce this image. Once I had the “base” image set it was time to start messing with it. I went low key and then I went filter happy. I lost count of the number of filters I did. Lets just say “a lot” as a unit of measurement. The thing is I lay mask in the bits I want and toss the rest. So if you load a filter up and it turns your sky nuclear blue but makes everything else look really cool, just mask it in. The fun thing about masks is that you can pick and choose what you want. So I went wild making this what was going on in my head. It’s my world after all so why not make it look like I want.