The vaulted archway entrance belongs to the Metropolitan Life North Building, which was previously featured here.
I walk by this scene fairly regularly at night, and I’ve meant to capture it in fog for a while. It turned out harder than I expected. To start, although the camera (Fuji x100s) did a fine job of dealing with the low light, it was necessary to shoot with a wide aperture when a smaller one would have cut down the light halos. It took a fair bit of work with the curves tool to get them down to this level. But on top of that I couldn’t really get the atmosphere right. And forget about color. Perhaps someone more accomplished could have fixed it, but even playing with white balance on the scene, and adjusting via white balance, curves and levels on post, I had to abandon that option and go to black and white.
I took multiple shots of another image in the same park looking down a path with some old style lamps, and those attempts fared even worse. I’m not sure I’ll be able to salvage them.
I was shocked last night when I realized I had not already posted this. I knew this shot, or something like it, was possible before I ventured into this cemetery and it was the very reason why I went there in the first place. So it’s odd that it took me 6 months to post the shot, especially since I’ve posted about a half dozen different shots from that excursion.
Calvary Cemetery in Queens, as I have previously mentioned, is the most commonly shown cemetery in movies and television. If a movie of TV show is shot in NYC and the characters visit a cemetery, it is more than likely that it is Calvary. And yet they rarely show the Empire State building view. Funny that.
This is the Park Avenue trail in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. You might recognize it as the opening shot of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, although not in infrared, of course. I flipped the red and blue channels in Photoshop, which is probably the second most common infrared processing treatment after black and white.
Among my photographic friends, the most prolific and proficient infrared practitioner is Scott Wood. You can see a recent example of his IR landscape work here, and browse through his IR category at this link.
So. Long time no port. Happy New Year. The last time I posted a completely new image was exactly a month ago, on December 13. Since then I posted a couple of re-edits, a year end retrospective, and that’s it. I took all the holidays off.
In addition, I haven’t shot anything new for even longer, which I am less than happy about even though the blogging hiatus was welcome. Bad weather (way too many grey skies), bad health (not too serious but lingered forever), and holiday rushing and inertia led to this result.
But enough of my excuses — this image is another view of the Upper and Middle Falls of the Genesee River in Letchworth State Park in Central New York.