Monday, July 26, 2010

"Turnpike Arabesque"

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"Turnpike Arabesque"
©David A. Ziser

Here is one of the images I captured during our PhotoWalk on Saturday.  Well, the original image was made on Saturday ;~)  As we were about to cross the bridge into Kentucky, we had to pass under the expressway overpass.  With my Sigma lens I had a very wide view of the expressway beams above.  The original image did not thrill me that much because there was just too much “other stuff” in the image.  Working it and trying about every slider in Lightroom 3 only partly solved my problem. I was getting the colors I wanted but the image still didn’t “sing” for me.  I just wanted to eliminate the white tones from the image.  Then I thought, “How can I make the white tones work for me?”  One more tweak in Photoshop and I had the abstract image I wanted. Camera specs: Canon 7D fitted with Sigma 8-16mm lens at 8mm, F 5.0 @ 1/40 second, ISO 100.  Enjoy! (I hope)  -David

P.S. Hit the “Read More…” link below to see the “before” image.

Arabesque before

Here is the “Before” shot.  Interesting, but needing a little work, don’t you think?  -David


  1. Really great! what an unbelievable eye you have.

  2. Hi,

    I'm a hobbyist & this is my first comment on your blog even though I read it every other day (started a couple of months back). Today I have a topic for you to cover in technique Tuesday :)

    I tried finding out if there a sure shot way of getting light bubble bokeh like in the link below but didn't find anyone explaining the details. I'm thinking of portrait shots with street lights making these light bubbles. In my mind that looks beautiful & very movie like :)

    I've tried once & have had some reasonable success with it but would prefer to know a sure shot way to achieve this.

  3. GREAT eye. I was with you on the walk and I didn't see or could imagine this final presentation. Very nice!

  4. Amazing vision to get this result out of the original scene.