black and white, urban

Stuck inside this weekend. I was grounded by the Australian Flu five days ago, and now feeling like I’m coming out of it, but with no physical energy. Must be better though, because my brain is starting to work!

So a different approach this week. An old photo, resurrected and post-processed. I’ve bitten the bullet and bought On 1 Photo Raw. I’m planning on using it alongside Lightroom and Photoshop. We’ll see. So far it feels a little slow in specific tasks – but less fiddly and technical in performing some operations, than the Adobe products.

The subject is the car park above Titus Skateboarding on Benrather Str in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Titus Dusseldorf

Originally shot hand held 1/20 @f/22, ISO 200 using the EFS18-55mm stock lens @ 28mm. The original was very flat and the building corner at the left hand side looked like it was tilting back at 13degs.

My workflow was to transform in photoshop to correct the 13deg skew, then edit the resulting .psd in ON 1. In layers. I replaced the original sky with some motioned blurred sky from another shot, used two seperate, self selected B&W transforms for the sky and building, (I wanted the “nose ring” to pop out a bit – thanks to Dan Harlacher @ON1 for the inspiration). Finally I sharpened the building for screen. The JPEG was created from lightroom using my standard export.


Moment of thought

black and white, urban

Dean Cemetery, Edinburgh. A cemetery where some of Edinburgh’s most affluent and influential people have been lain to rest.

Occupying a place in a cemetery full of large monuments is this small old wooden cross, with the name David Cecil Hope MacBrayne pinned to it.

Repatriated WW1 Cross

The cross was repatriated from a First World War cemetery. The young man was only 19 years old when he was killed in action on 21 June 1917. David has an easily traced life story. His name is no coincidence. He was the son of another David MacBrayne – as in the ferry company. One might think then that this is a family of well to do comfort. But the stone next to this cross tells a contrasting story. David’s sister Olive died in 1908, aged 8, his mother Frances passed away in 1915, aged 52. His father lived until he was 70, in 1932. By then, the government had stepped into to salvage the remains of his company.

There are many repatriated grave markers across the country. One source for finding them is Returned from the Front. Finding them and then finding out about the person whose life they mark can be a surprisingly enjoyable and contemplative activity.

The above photograph was taken using a Canon 30D, with a 50mm lens, f1.8 @ 1/125 sec. Post processing was kept simple in Lightroom, using my own “My Favourite Black and White” preset, with some additional vignette.