Posted on Jun.18, 2012, under Travel

From the High Line

(Nikon D800, 16-35mm at 20mm, Exposure 1/1000th sec @ f/8, ISO 400)

The High Line is a linear park in New York City. It was created from an old elevated train line which was used to service the warehouse and meatpacking areas of Manhattan. A couple of years ago a major effort was undertaken to convert the blighted rail line into something nicer. The result is a long, narrow stretch of parkway which gives the visitor a great view of the lower West Side of Manhattan. More details can be found on the park’s web site: My favorite part of the High Line was being able to walk amongst some great old buildings with great character. I also enjoyed the slightly elevated view of the city which is available from the park. If you get a chance to go to New York, I definitely recommend a visit.

When I processed the image, I wanted to make sure the final image captured the age and detail of the buildings. I did some initial work in Lightroom and then took the image into Photoshop. There, I used the Free Transform tool to do some perspective correction. Someday I’ll have to learn how to use the new ‘Adaptive Wide Angle’ filter, but I still haven’t gotten the hang of it. I used a couple of filters from Color Efex Pro 4 and then tried a black and white conversion in Silver Efex Pro 2. Back in Photoshop, I reduced the opacity of the black and white layer to 55% and changed the blend mode to luminosity. This gave a slight color shift to the image and also created a bit of the vignette. Back in Lightroom, I added a bit more vignette with the Post Crop Vignette tool.

Questions and feedback are always welcome, please leave them below!

Copyright ©2012 James W. Howe – All rights reserved

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