Exploring the Backside of the Tracks

I love exploration. No, I really, really love exploration.

I wanted to use a photo I had seen on the Lost and Found Youth website for a donation box for that organization. Printing pictures from the web typically yields disastrous results because printing and display technologies are so significantly different. So, I decided to find and shoot the photo myself. I thought I knew the photo’s location. I hopped on Google Earth. Yes! It seemed to be where I thought it was!

I drove over to this very funky area of Atlanta to explore and find the location. After a short period of hiking about the area, I planted my feet on the very spot where the original was shot. You will see some variance in my photo versus the web site photo. I had to use my iPhone camera as my good equipment (and wider angle lens) is in San Fransisco.

Additionally, the sky was blue and cloudless around midday: yuck light. This is the beginning of Spring, and the plants were just starting to grow for the season. I suspect the web site photo was taken in summer setting sun and warmed up a bit with filters. No worries. I took the sky out and replaced it with a northern Arizona photo’s sky (from a drive down from the Grand Canyon to Flagstaff). I then played with adding some plants and filters.

The original is just perfect! What a sky! Excellent filter work. Perfect plant growth. Great framing. Love the wide angle view.

Original shot from Lost and Found Youth website
Original shot from Lost and Found Youth website

 

AZ Sky shot from moving car
AZ Sky shot from moving car

 

iPhone shot of the Backside of the Tracks (Notice the significant blue tint, from the sky color, on the skyscrapers!)
iPhone shot of the Backside of the Tracks (Notice the significant blue tint, from the sky color, on the skyscrapers!)

 

My Composite had to be square and contain space for the text at the top (in the sky)
My Composite had to be square and contain space for the text at the top (in the sky which I decided to keep whiter than warmer)

All of the photo edit and compositing work was done in Affinity Photo, which I love and which has completely replaced Photoshop in my workflow.

The Lost and Found Youth donation box print turned out well, especially since I used an iPhone and the railroad company took out a lot of vegetation all around the tracks. Another thing fascinated me: since the actual sky was cloudless blue, the skyline skyscrapers was heavily tinted with blue.

But my explorations yielded even more interesting outcomes to be shared in a future post.