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.
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.