Orton Effect on Foggy Photos? – Photoshop Challenge Part 6.5

The Orton Effect on Foggy Photos As I mentioned in the previous post I wanted to try the Orton Effect on foggy photos to see if it enhances the foggy look. And the results are, well, mixed. To some extent it does improve the photos. For example, in the first picture, the branches become less sharp and therefore less distracting. One have to be really careful how much to apply

Night Sky Panorama – Photoshop Challenge Part III

Night Sky Panorama Take 2 My second attempt at making a night sky panorama. And second because my first one pretty much failed, because Lightroom couldn’t stitch pictures containing only stars. The main fault most likely was my source material. This time I decided to include more of the ground so the program has something to anchor the image. No problem with lining up the pictures this time. Still I

Panorama Stitching- Photoshop Challenge Part II

Panorama Stitching Part I As I mentioned in the first Photoshop post, I’m already familiar with panorama stitching in Lightroom. I wanted to compare the tool in Photoshop by blending the same 17 frames in both programs. Not only the results are of interest here but also the settings available. Well, it turns it is more or less the same tool in both programs and the settings are pretty similar. Photoshop

One Night of Photographing the City

I had been waiting for a foggy night for a while to try out some of the locations I had found. When the right weather finally came I tried to make the most of the opportunity and cycled around the city for many hours trying different things. Some locations worked as I expected, others not so much. And as usual I tried to improvise and search for new locations, or

Exploring the Zone between Night and Day

Finding a New Opportunity for Night Photography Recently the zone between night and day (a.k.a. twilight) has become one of my favorite times of the day to photograph in urban environments. The street lights are still on to create a layer of interest and there is just enough natural light coming from the rising sun. Usually mornings are more interesting than evenings. Simply because there is a higher change for

Star Trail Stacking – Photoshop Challenge Part I

Star Trail Stacking Part I of the May Photoshop challenge Blending multiple exposures into a star trail photo, or star trail stacking, turned out to be much easier than I expected. Simply import and process. The computer does all the job but it does indeed require a lot of processing power and RAM. The reason for stacking rather than doing one long exposure is be able to control the exposure. If

Winter Night/Quiet Streets

When I move around the city I actively search for locations that could be interesting for night photography. I’ve been cycling past this location for some time now, thinking it could work for a photograph. The weather hasn’t been what I’ve been looking for though. Winter changes the environment drastically, often between days. From a darkness and lifelessness to a white fairy land and eventually to slush before the winter

Exploring a Ghost City – Night Photography in the Fog

I finally got some foggy conditions for doing city night photography. Now I faced a problem of a completely different nature: where should I go? The first location I tried was a familiar one, which unfortunately didn’t work. My main subject in the distance was completely obscured. One option would, of course, have been to continue to the harbor, I know that location will work. However, I already was there

Searching for Stars – Night photography in the City

For doing night photography in the city, I was curious how much the light pollution obscures the stars. Sounds easy enough, but the weather in the beginning of the month wasn’t cooperating, giving only overcast skies and rain. Finally it started freezing and the sky cleared for a few days. To my surprise the stars were much more visible than I had expected. The constellations, or at least the brightest