Hey, this week’s shot isn’t from a time lapse sequence! How neat is that? I actually did still photography, and it made it onto Instagram.
Anyways, I was looking for dinner tonight, and on my way out, I decided the light was too nice to not take pictures. Dallas had its first cool day of the season today (55 degrees when I woke up!), and it has been super pleasant. The sun sets sooner, there are some clouds in the sky, the leaves are changing (not, I live in a concrete jungle), and the sunset light is just a little softer.
Tonight’s focal length of choice was my 24mm paired with my Lee Filters Big Stopper, a ten stop neutral density filter. This lets me keep my shutter open longer, allowing for blurred motion (like the clouds, car lights, and DART train).
I edited this shot in Lightroom. I made a preset for my Welcome to Downtown Plano time lapse sequences to have a consistent editing style on all the images, and I’ve been enjoying it for other stuff. It mainly bumps saturation, vibrance, and clarity (local contrast), increases exposure on the shadows, and decreases exposure on the highlights. For this specific image, I did the following:
- Applied my time lapse preset
- Further increased saturation and vibrance
- Changed the contrast curve to a “medium contrast” (imagine a cubic root function offset into the first quadrant)
- Adjusted hue, saturation, and luminance channels to accentuate the sky
- Added a slight vignette
I hope you enjoyed. Until next week, bye for now.