Brick Window, Fortress of Louisbourg

Brick Window, Fortress of Louisbourg (click to enlarge)

Here is a scene from Fortress Louisbourg near the town of Louisbourg Nova Scotia.  The fortress is an easy day trip from Sydney where we were staying.  There are several small towns (such as Port Morien) and lighthouses along the route that offer photographic opportunities.

I thought about making this a black and white image, but liked the red in the shutters.  I converted the image to black and white using Google’s Silver Efex Pro.  I then used a layer mask in Photoshop to expose the red shutters.  That looked a little awkward, so I also exposed the red bricks around the window at the top and bottom of the image.

I think this makes for two interesting areas for the viewer to explore.  First is the red brickwork and the shutters.  The second is the black and white stone wall.  The mix of black and white and colored areas also creates a little depth in the image.

Fortress of Louisbourg: N45 53 27.65 W59 59 08.59

Bottle Shelf, Highland Village, Nova Scotia

Bottle Shelf, Highland Village, Nova Scotia (click to enlarge)

Here are antique bottles on a shelf in one of the houses at Highland Village in Iona, Nova Scotia.  The original had the brownish two-tone bottles up against a beige wall.  Too much beige for me so I used Silver Efex Pro to convert to black and white.

The village has several buildings full of knick-knacks.  If it rains while you are there, duck into one of the buildings (or huts!), and spend some time photographing knick-knacks and details.

Highland Village: N45 56 54.26  W60 49 03.76

Snow Girls

On April 9, 2017, in Garage Photography, Photography Tips, by admin
Snow Girls

Snow Girls (click to enlarge)

After the snow ends, take out your camera before you take out your shovel.  Here is an image I took next to my front door after the snow stopped.

This is a small statue that sits right against the red brick wall of our house.  The red brick wall dominates the original image taking the viewers eyes off the snow and statue.  Because the statue is so close to the brick wall, I could not blur it using aperture.  In Photoshop, I selected the brick wall and used a blur filter to get rid of the brick patterns.  Blurring the red bricks put the emphasis on the statue and not the wall.

I then used Silver Efex Pro from the Google Nik Collection to convert the image to black and white.

Remember, there is always time to shovel snow, so make your camera the priority!