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7 Train

7 Train

1/400s . f/7.1 . ISO 200 . 250 mm

This is a shot I took in Queens of the 7 train. In the original (before post-processing), the driver was obscured in darkness. I used Lightroom’s local adjustment feature to brushes to lighten (dodge) that area so we can make out his face. I highly recommend the local adjustment brushes, it can save you time in Photoshop.

Otherworldly Oxford Sign

Headington Park Sign.  Flash Zoom effect done in Camera

1/10s . f/8.0 . ISO 400 . 18 mm, (Headington Hill, Oxford, England)

Photos of signs can be boring.  But not this one!  This zoom effect is one of my favorites to experiment with. The entire effect is done in the camera!  How do you do it?  Well, in yesterday’s post, I discussed the 2nd curtain flash and how it enables you to sort of get two shutter speeds.

In order to get this shot, you’ll need a zoom lens and some kind of SLR.  Here is the setup.  Set the camera to 2nd curtain flash, and use a fairly slow shutter speed (like 1/10th of a second). Zoom in all the way on your lens and center the subject.  Do not press the shutter yet.

Now, here’s where the magic comes in.  You are going to zoom out DURING the shot.  What happens when you do this, is the light from the flash illuminates the subject (here it’s the sign) so that remains clear, however the flash light won’t reach the background and the background will have a zoomed out motion blur. Pretty neat.

Experiment with 2nd curtain flash.  Trust me you’ll like it.

Running through the Met Life Building

Running through the Met Life Building (42nd and Park, NYC)

1/100s . f/8.0 . ISO 200 . 42 mm

Here’s a view you don’t see often: the inside of the Met Life Building.  I was able to get this view because of an NYC summer program called Summer Streets, where Park Avenue is open to only cyclists and pedestrians for 3 weekends each in the summer.  One way to get great shots like this is be on the lookout for opportunities where you can access places that are normally off-limits.

Perspective Correction

Original shot perspective distorted

Original shot: distorted perspective

Perspective is fixed, the shot looks straight on

The Vertical Lens Correction slider is one of my my favorite features in Adobe Lightroom. This sign I photographed from below because it was about 15 feet above me.

To correct perspective, I first straighten the image using the straighten tool in the Crop Overlay area (press “R” to get to it quickly). When that is done, I scroll all the way down the Develop module until I find the “Lens Corrections” panel. I then use the vertical slider until the image looks correct. It’s very quick to fix distortion this way.

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