It should be pointed out that I took many a photo of the “bean” in Millennium Park in Chicago. I used to feel bad about about publishing images that are similar but each one is different. Light changes, mood changes when editing and so on. Spread them out and you get a lot of usable images that would otherwise never see the light of day.
I edited this photo nearly a month ago. Sometimes I do edits when the mood hits me and sit on them. I showed it to a friend of mine gently hinting prints were available. He knowing me well asked me if I wanted to kill the people in the image since they were ruining my shot.
I used to be fairly anal about people in my images. I have come to the point if they are there and make sense I have no problem. In this case, the blurred motion of the people give the otherwise static image a sense of life. It’s not just a cold object reflecting anymore. Still, if someone walks through my damn landscape when I’m clearly shooting I’m going to kill them. Justifiable homicide for photography is permissible.
Editing wise this was really all about the bean and the reflections. The sky going to blue was actually the ambient light coming off and the sky being purple and dark blue earlier. To counter that I wanted other parts to punch out as well. So I ran a filter through with Intensify CK and then masked those bits in. Ran another filter just for the bean to bring those reflections out. Finally some dodging and burning to keep focus on the bean itself.
For inquiring minds, no my reflection is not in the bean.
This the Bean thing in Chicago. It’s really called Cloud Gate and it’s located in Millennium Park in downtown. If you are near Michigan Ave and Wacker Ave. it’s an easy walk.
I have published a similar image before. I really did this because I wanted to play with HDR and test Aurora 2017 and doing layers with it. So not my finest work in life but it did what I needed.
I have had Aurora 2017 for some time. I just haven’t been in the HDR mood. Of the the reasons is the stupid halos you get when you do HDR around items with sky. There is ways to combat it but it’s tedious and time consuming. The other thing is Aurora 2017 wants you to drag straight from Lightroom into the program and start having it. The problem is that it will ignore all your corrections which really pisses me off. I have custom camera profiles for all my cameras. This has fixed a lot of issues with color and perspective. Aurora 2017 ignoring this has caused problems. What the hell is the point of getting accurate camera info if the program ignores it?
To fix this I just did a single image edit. I applied all my profile adjustment then did my usual adjustments in Lightroom involving gradients and so on. I use Photoshop to put in contrast and so on. When I was done I just took the image into Photoshop and then selected Aurora 2017 as a filter and went to work.
I just kept making layers and masking in within the program. Each layer was working on a specific item within the image. I want the bean thing to the focal point so I did the most HDR in there. Then I did the sky and masked that bit in. Then did a bit of lightening and masked that in. Hit apply and back into Photoshop for local dodge and burn and some desaturation.
This was a quick and dirty edit and nothing fantastic but it’s a fun photo. I could have done it normal but I think the whimsical nature of it already made it a candidate for a test.
This is another shot of the “bean” that is located in Millennium Park in Chicago. I got lucky on this shot because I still had some light to work with the the thunderstorm that had rolled in earlier had completely cleared the area so I was able to get this with decent light.
One of the things I struggle with is people in my frames. I just always have this vision that my images should be free of humanity but in popular attractions it’s just not possible without waiting forever to get that one shot. So I just let it go and took the picture with the hope that the people in the image would add to it and not distract. In this case it works.
Editing wise this is straight out of the camera. I did tweak a bit but nothing fancy. Just did some local contrast adjustments and straightening. No layer masks. No nothing. It stood up all on its own so I left it alone.
This “bean” as its called is in Millennium Park in Chicago. It’s really called Cloud Gate from what I looked up on the internet. Since I was only a few blocks from Millennium Park I figured why not take the camera down for a bit.
Shooting the bean was a bit of a pain. It’s a popular attraction and people were always around it. Trying to get a decent shot without someone entering the frame in a distracting position was a challenge.
Editing wise I really wanted the sky to be the focal point. So I masked in a layer from Intensify CK. I also popped the buildings a bit to give them some definition. I then ran it through Color Efex to fix some color issues and called it a day.