Sunday, July 5, 2015

Happy 2nd July!

A simple post this weekend, dedicated to all my US friends: Independence Day!

Wiki tells us that Congress debated and revised the wording of the US Declaration, finally approving it on July 4. A day earlier, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail:

“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

Time moves on and so does the US national debt: so like all Americans, I also celebrate the fact that the UK no longer has to look after this particular ‘colony’ :-)

I thought that, in keeping with the
Independence Day emotions, I would re-interpret one of my images from DC: The Jefferson Memorial, obviously honouring Thomas Jefferson, (1743–1826), one of the most important of the American Founding Fathers as the main drafter and writer of the Declaration of Independence.

This particular image was taken with my Sony A6000 and a strong ND to ‘eliminate’ tourists! The exposure was 90 seconds.

This interpretation allowed me to try out two new pieces of technology. First the new dehazer in Photoshop CC 2015 and second a really impressive piece of technology called piccure+:

Rather than explain what these two pieces of technology do: I offer the following compare and contrast: the RAW capture and my B&W interpretation.

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