No, I am not becoming a wedding photographer. Bridezilla is a real and out there. I have shot a wedding but it’s not really my thing. I stumbled on to this scene while visiting the National Harbor. This is the dock area outside the Gaylord National. I have seen a few wedding photographers working there and we always give the nod of a fellow photographer and I carefully avoid walking into their shot or acting as a distraction.
This wedding was over by the time I stumbled on to the scene and the hotel staff hadn’t started to break down the setup. Since it was sitting there I figured I might as well get some shots off while it was empty. It turned out pretty well I think.
I will admit that the image out of camera didn’t come out like this. I may have pumped the color up a bit in the sky and then added some texture to the images. Masked that in then loaded one more filter in then masked that bit. One of the things I did different than normal is added sharpening of the resized image. It’s not as aggressive as I do on the full resolution but I was noticing that there was a lack of sharpness on the smaller images. So using a bit of adjustment I found a happy medium that made the image pop and to be blunt print ready if you were inclined.
I return from the Portland, Oregon images and back to the National Harbor, Maryland images. Just to take a break from Portland stuff since I’m sitting on a healthy back catalogue from my various adventures.
I kinda lost the plot with this image. I was layering filters on top of filters with more filters and realized I lost the purpose of the image. So I reset and tried again from my base image in Photoshop. An important tip on why working with layers is a good thing!
After my moment of I don’t know where I am going with the image I just took a layer with some color saturation and masked that in. Then I went into Camera Raw and removed the noise from the cloud somewhat. I didn’t want to lose all of it because the cloud is cool and the visual weight of the image. After that I masked that in and said done. So about 15 layers of useless work later I’m happy – enough.
I didn’t plan on publishing this image today or even editing it. I was going through the library and saw it and was like cool! There is a pirate ship in front of a giant wheel!
This was another shot from the National Harbor in Maryland. The pirate ship is run by a company called Urban Pirates and you can take cruises along the Potomac River. Apparently they have water cannons on the boat so would make for interesting times if you did the adult cruise which is bring your own grog!
This was a very quick edit. Most of the editing was dodging and burning the trees in the background to bring out some separation. I then just masked in a quick filter from Intensify CK to make the sky wheel and boat pop a bit and called it down.
Long title but I think it fits. The other title would be the image that almost didn’t happen because my MacBook wasn’t booting. When it comes to tech I don’t panic and a quick boot into safe mode and disk check and a clean shutdown seemed to fix it.
This is another image from National Harbor in Maryland. For clarification, National Harbor is not Baltimore Inner Harbor. Two different places. If you know the Maryland area you would know it as Indian Head. If you had a scarred childhood of having to pick vegetables on a farm in the blazing hot Southern Sun in the Summer you would know it as Hell on Earth. Luckily they have decided on building up the area and the god forsaken farmland is gone. A wise development choice in my book.
Now that my childhood demons have been exercised I’ll move on to post processing. I may have went a tad overboard on this edit. The image came out of camera almost perfect but where is the fun of that? So I ran a lot of filters and just masked in bits here and there that I wanted. Once I was happy I called it a done.