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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Found patterns

While wandering around the streets of New York, I am always looking for patterns that can be worked into a composition.  I particularly like working to a grid format.  Here are a few I just found.

This is a patch in a sidewalk.  I greatly enhanced the color by moving the image to the LAB color space in Photoshop.  LAB is a more extensive color space than RGB and enhances an image by bringing out colors that are naturally inherent in the subject but very difficult to see with the naked eye.  I often think of Monet painting his haystacks and seeing colors there that the ordinary eye would miss.  His artistic brain must have had a built-in LAB converter.

This image and the one below were taken by shooting straight down on gardening flats I found at the local farmer's market.  Both were similarly enhanced by treatment in LAB color.

All photos were taken with the Fuji X-Pro1 camera and 35mm lens.  As of this post, there is still no RAW converter for Photoshop so I had to work with jpgs and their shallower 8-bit color depth.  I have the camera set to capture both RAW and jpg at the same time so I can go back and rework the images once the RAW profile comes out.

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