These three diptychs were made from the source images found in The Proper Tool for the Job. This collection of images was taken over several month with both a DSLR and Android phone. They were different sizes, resolutions and most had a shallow depth of field; everything that makes them decent individual images but something that makes composites especially difficult. I used ten of the thirty images from last weeks post to make the three composites shown here.
These trains can be found in the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn Michigan right alongside the F150 Truck plant. It contains all types of modern machinery.
To get this photo ready for processing the first thing I needed to do was a lens correction. The lack of pre-loaded lens data for Olympus in ACR and Lightroom is just another reason I had to leave the four/thirds platform. So a little time was needed to correct using the sliders and my eyes.
Next I used a duplicate of the green channel as a base for a mask for the passenger car behind the locomotive as well as the truck bed and barrel in the immediate foreground. I then used these masks on three separate Hue/Saturation Adjustment layers. The passenger car was originally a drab yellow while the truck and barrel were a distracting bright yellow.
I was inspired by Chris Orwig’s “Blue” and decided to try doing a little tinting myself.
Clearly Chris Orwig and I are working with different types of shots and even different blues.
This shot was taken while at the Night Owl session posted earlier at the mouth of the San Francisco Bay. Originally this was a throw away because of poor color, lack of detail and haze on the hillsides. What it had going for it was clouds and contrast which gave me something to work with.