above the horizon

House on the Hill

Silhouettes, those objects, people or scenes rendered as solid shapes, can often tell a story without the intricate detail of most photographs. This form of art was quite popular in the late 18th century when artist would sketch people's profiles and fill them in with a solid color, usually black. The image was then cut out and placed on a lighter colored background. With today's DSLRs this process is quite easy. The "House on the Hill" image below was created by simply placing the subject between the rising sun and the camera.

House on the Hill
House on the Hill

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Seldom do I leave silhouettes totally blacked out as just a hint of detail seems to make the overall image more interesting.

This property sits high atop a very steep hill, most of which I have cropped away, and is positioned at an elevation above the horizon. It must be quite interesting to look downhill at sunrise regularly, a real treat for the occupants. I have passed this location many times and often wondered what the view from the top must be like.

Unfortunately, access to the property requires permission to navigate a long winding private road to the top. A long cable with a sign simply stating "Private Property" seems to indicate that the owners are not much for company. :-)

Thanks for visiting!

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Above the Horizon

I always get excited about going out in the early morning to create some images, particularly when there is a lingering fog or mist in the atmosphere, which tends to produce some unpredictable effects. The lighting often looks drab and uneventful but you can see the faint hints of beauty and the potential for enhancement during post-processing. The image below is a perfect example, nearly devoid of color and completely underwhelming when viewed in the field. Upon first look the image screams monotone, which is not a bad idea by the way.

Above the Horizon - As Shot
Above the Horizon - As Shot

But those RAW files have a way of storing a wealth of information and can dramatically change an image.

Above the Horizon
Above the Horizon

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A close look at the end of the pier shows a couple of people sitting in lawn chairs fishing.

Processing

This image was processed in Lightroom 4, using a "Morning Glow" preset.  I then exported the image to Photoshop where the "Cool Tone I" filter was applied via Topaz Adjust. That's it!

Speaking of Topaz Labs, they just released the fantastic Topaz Simplify 4, a great plugin for creating digital art. If you are an owner of Simplify 2 or 3, a free update awaits. Pretty cool, huh?

Here is a link to the Topaz Blog and article where you can read about all of the features.

If you are not an owner and want to take the plunge, be sure to enter the discount code "GETSIMPLIFIED" for a 30% reduction on the already reasonable price ($39.99) if you purchase by 9/30/12.

Thanks for visiting!

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