Blocked Out

FUJIFILM X100T @23mm, ISO 800, 1/1000 sec, f/16 [click image for larger size]
FUJIFILM X100T @23mm, ISO 800, 1/1000 sec, f/16
[click image for larger size]

It was a sweltering day, I had lost to layers of clothing just to keep an even temperature. It was blissful, I love being warm. I was walking towards the bottom of a hill when I saw this rather big, blocky and beautifully crisp silhouette. It was an image I could not resist. I am always a ball of pure excitement when I first find an area or scene I want to photograph. My brain floods with the images of what I want the finished photo to look like, I snap two or three photos in quick suggestion, like I am sketching the scene to see what it is I actually like.  Then I breathe deep, asses the good and bad, the leave in and the leave outs, asses what I like and do not like, then recompose, shoot, tweak, shoot, chimp then repeat until I am happy. It’s a good rush and one I constantly chase.

Original unedited image
Original unedited image

Seventeen photographs were taken to get this one. Now that usually doesn’t take too long but there is a bus stop just out of shot that meant every five minutes the view would be obscured. “Bloody Buses!” Thankfully photography has given me a great deal of patience. Shot in colour and kept it in colour, although my first thought was to convert this image to black and white, I resisted the temptation as I knew the image would simply work better in colour. I heightened the contrast, touch more red in the colour, burned the backs so they were darker and, finally, I added a little noise to finish.

I think it works well but all thoughts and comments are welcome.

Happy Viewing

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