swans and pipe

Camera - Nikon D700
  • Aperture: f/4
  • Focal Length: 70mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter: 1/3200 sec
  • Camera: NIKON D700

This is another straight out of the Big Book of Photoblog Cliches – some swans and a random pipe. But I like random pipes that poke out of water, and I sort of like the swans. Truth be told I’d have been happier if I’d got them in a different pose. They seemed to be quite tactile with each other, rubbing their heads together and stuff, but I never got a good shot of that with the pipe framed in too, and I do like that pipe.

Processed with a curve for colour (s-curve in the red channel, reverse s-curve in the blue channel, a little lift in the green channel midtones), a regular curve to lift the whole photo (except for the swans), some Exposure image adjustment on a duplicate of the background (because it brought back some detail in the swans which I’d managed to almost completely blow out), a vignette and a B&W layer set to Soft Light for that slightly desaturated contrasty look.

But not in that order. I think the actual order from bottom up is: background, duplicated background, curve to lift the photo, curve for colour, B&W Soft Light, vignette.

Thanks for coming.

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