Seeing things differently

I have always enjoyed taking photos, but I must say that when my kids were little I didn’t find myself experimenting very much because I was always watching to make sure the boys weren’t getting into anything.  So, I quickly recorded all of the events in our lives through the traditional shots like landscapes and portraits without adding any unique elements.

Now that Mike and I are able to ditch the kids (that’s what they call it) and go out on our own, my eyes have opened much wider, and I am observing the world around me in a totally different way.  Take this photo for instance.  I took many, many photos of the Detroit skyline while we were in Windsor, but this one really appeals to me because of the contrast between the old mooring piles in the foreground and the modern skyline in the background.  In my mind, this adds character to an ordinary shot.  What do you think?

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29 Responses to Seeing things differently

  1. The contrast of the modern building does brings a different perspective. I really love the shot!

  2. Colline says:

    I like it because it is different – and the man-made skyline is such a contrast to the rotting wooden posts.

  3. TBM says:

    I love it! A nice touch.

  4. krikitarts says:

    I agree, Cindy, it definitely adds character (most especially the jagged, splintered piling) and interest, and the outline of the pilings complements the distant skyline really well. I also like it that your main focus is on the foreground.

    • Yes, I wanted the focus to be on something different for once. I must tell you though, I had some trouble with this photo because unfortunately we broke the cardinal rule and were out with our cameras at the brightest time of the day. As a result, the skyline in this photo was completely blown out. I fixed it the best I could with my limited (but growing) knowledge of Photoshop, but I’m still not 100% happy. Do you think the skyline still looks a little washed out? I always value your opinion. 🙂

      • krikitarts says:

        Honestly, I do not think it’s washed out at all. In fact, since you ask, you could even brighten the highlights even a bit further and still have detail in the brightest areas of the clouds. Activate Levels (Control + L) and move the right end of the main slider a bit to the left and watch the highlights come out. This will also bring out more detail in the interesting pilings.

      • Thanks for the advice! I tried that and it really did perk it up. Sometimes I think that I should limit how much editing I do at a time. I mean, don’t you find sometimes that after editing tons of photos you start to lose the ability to distinguish between what looks good and what doesn’t? Sometimes, after editing a photo, I go back to it the next day, and I can tweak it even more because my eyes are fresh. Does that make any sense? 🙂

  5. Love this shot! Great work!

  6. One of my favorites so far. I love pictures showing contrast or two unique items in one

  7. Roberta says:

    Yes, a great shot!

  8. Dor says:

    I like it! I like it! 🙂

  9. works well for me although it’s a pity that the buildings behind aren’t in sharper focus although I sense that this is probably more to do with polution haze than a technical error, have you tried it in black and white, I suspect it would work brilliantly.

  10. zelmare says:

    I think it’s beautiful! 🙂

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  12. krikitarts says:

    Cindy, re. your comment on May 12, of course it makes sense to take serious breaks from trying to do marathon editing. It’s often extremely rewarding to come back to one that you’ve worked on and start afresh. When I go back to work from my early digital days, I find that I didn’t save all my originals as such, but just the edited versions, which I often reduced in size to save storage, and I’ve regretted that many times. I’ve found many a new world in many an old photo.

    • I totally agree. I always save my originals because I am just learning how to edit and sometimes I know it could be better. That way as I learn new techniques I can go back and try them on old photos. 🙂

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