Points of View Photo Project: #21

Welcome to the 21st week of the Points of View Photo Project here at Jason D. Moore Photography!

For those of you new to the project, each week I post a source image that is straight out of the camera that readers are free to download and manipulate however they please (as long has it is used for the sole purpose of this project) and then send it back to me for posting here. The goal is to share the many different interpretations – or points of view – that can be applied to a common source image.

This week, we have 3 different takes on the original coming from myself and a couple of our regulars, Andy and Hendrik. If you would like to participate, click on the “more” link below and find out how you can take part in our special, reader-submitted HDR Points of View Project.

Our first contribution comes from long-time Friend-of-the-Blog, Andy Smith of Visual Realia from Hanover, PA, USA. Here’s what Andy did:

“Used lens correction and skewing to “straighten” the two sign elements, making no effort to be precise. Duplicated the “One Way” sign three times and rotated each appropriately. Cropped, placed and resized the “only” element. Added a texture layer to age the photograph. Used shadows and highlights. Converted to greyscale and created a custom tritone. Finally converting back to RGB. Emailed Jason…”

Our next one hails from project regular, Hendrik Demey of Antwerp, Belgium. And here’s how Hendrik processed the photo:

“Optimized image using ACR. Akvis Sketch to change it subtly into a drawing with a textured background. nik SIlver Efex Pro to eliminate all the color (IMHO color plays no role in this picture).”

I agree, Hendrik. When I shot this one, I saw it as a black and white. The contrast and lack of color really called for a nice B&W.

Here’s my version. Not much to say here. I just imported it into Lightroom, cropped and straightened, converted to grayscale, made a few adjustments, and added one of my favorite split toning settings (Hue: 51, Saturation: 11 for both highlights and shadows).

I really liked the angle on this one, and for being one of my first shots of the day – which are usually ones I don’t like because I’m still getting warmed up – it turned out to be one of my favorites from the whole photowalk.

Next week’s source image, or should I say source “images”, come from one of my new guest bloggers, Steve Kalman. Steve has generously offered 3 bracketed exposures of the same scene to offer an additional option to process in HDR, if we are so bold. He asked me to remind everyone that you can download a free trials of software like HDR PhotoStudio or Photomatix if you’d like to give it a try for this one. You can also process HDR in Photoshop as well or through any number of other plugins and stand-alone software apps.

Simply click on the thumbnails below to open them in a new window and right-click to download them to your computer. Then, process the image however you like and email it to me at pov@jasondmoore.com by 8pm EST next Thursday 1/21/10.

Remember, if you would like to submit a photo for use in an upcoming edition of the project, please send me an email to pov@jasondmoore.com for details!

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