And so they stood,
facing each other with dim eyes
full of tears and regret.
The battle was getting closer...
Binnenhof Court, Den Haag.
The Binnenhof houses the Parliament and the Governor's offices, and it's really a big complex full of gothic architecture. Our visit was unfortunately very short, because we were late on our schedule, so we just took a walk through its court and through the park that lies in front of the big pond at one side of the complex. I took some shots that I'm not very proud of, but anyway it was quite an interesting subject imho.
Btw, I almost forgot about this one! This is a panorama composed of multiple shots (about 6 vertical ones) I edited a while ago to see how the outcome would have looked (I took this handheld, so the quality isn't great but overall the shots were fairly aligned). It took near 2 hours for the program to complete the stitching, and it is overall the biggest photo I've had on my hard drive (600 megabytes for the uncompressed 16-bit TIFF, about 34 megapixels or more!). I liked the results, though the photo is nearly unprintable!
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikkor 18-70 DX
Filters: C-PL + P121S
Focal Length: 24 mm
Shutter Speed: 1/25 s
ISO speed: 100
[PSTWRK:]Full workflow in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.1, stitching in Stitcher Unlimited
To say it in few words... I push contrast, both local contrast and global one. And then I go for an higher vibrance in the photo and less saturation ("vibrance" control is something unique to Lightroom, but it works similar to saturation, the only difference being that it affects only areas where the saturation is low).
I will explain better as soon as I find the time to write a tut, promise!
If I had to criticise it (and this is a personal thing) It would be that your love of HDR comes across in these shots. I know they're not HDR, but the colours and contrast do seem to have been pushed a little too far past natural looking for me.
I know it's a particular style, and you do to very well, but I tend to prefer a more natural look.
I must admit I'm not in love with HDR, not anymore, and probably it wasn't much love even before. I was driven by the cool looks of the photos of the famous *angelreich and took the chance to compose some presets of Lightroom to get similar contrast out of photos (being mine in colors instead of duotones), but now I got really bored by them. I don't think it's my style, at least because I didn't change the standard profiles that much during this time, and "my style" (when I could still call it that way) was something not pre-defined: I always have been processing my photos one at a time, starting from zero and trying to find the best approach for each picture. Of course my taste and thoughts lead me to similar results, but here things got different, and unfortunately worse. I'm sorry, I'm trying to re-learn the way of working on a photo, and I'm also practicing how to not work on it at all.
Thanks anyway my friend! I didn't have the strength to change back the photos I've already processed, but things will change for the new ones.
Well it wasn't really a criticism Alesssandro, I just made the comment to explain why I wasn't in love with these photos (because I so often love your work).
Photography is a personal journey and we all follow slightly different paths I guess. It's always interesting to see what other people are doing, even if it's not something we want to do ourselves.
Speaking for me...There was a time when I though HDR looked cool, but now I just don't like it,
But again, that's a personal opinion and not a comment on what I think people should or shouldn't do.
I know my friend, and I was explaning why I'm too not liking this recent production. It's not a matter of hdr, or heavy processing: I still think that an artist should make choices, and what he/she thinks it is needed in a photo it's right, no matter someone would call it a photomanipulation or something. The point is, that this "research" for the right personal outcome should be individual, picture by picture. In this series I standardized the processing, thus I didn't felt proud of the outcome. Maybe one photo could work with this processing, maybe two... but the "right" processing IMHO develops each time from a brand new ground. I was just admitting my faults, this is not related to the fact you actually didn't like the processing that much, don't worry Andy!
I just have to say that the idea behind this (or maybe the idea you got when you later looked at it) is amazing, I would have NEVER noticed that the buildings/trees looked like they were "facing off". Also, gorgeous sky as always and really nice sharpness in the buildings.