It has been quite a few posts since I actually shared a photograph taken with my D90. Not only has it been damn hot here lately which discourages me from spending time outdoors but also, taking and sharing images from my iPhone is so easy.
This is an image I took a couple of weeks ago near Memphis International airport. I happened to be riding around in the car, looking for something to photograph (there’s not a lot to look at around the airport) and I spotted some plants and flowers near a few abandoned lots. Although it was extremely hot, I got out of the car and snapped a few pictures and this one is my favorite from that session.
I also wanted to share the final histogram for this photograph from Adobe’s Lightroom 3.2 beta. As you can see, there’s a lot of pure, no-detail-havin’-blacks (spike on the left) in this image but no blown highlights (right side of the graph). I intensionally darkened the image to pure black in some areas so certain parts of the image stood out against the dark background. Some photographers might think it’s wrong to lose detail in the dark areas of a photograph (or any part of your image for that matter) citing that there’s some sort of “rule” that says you’re supposed to have some detail in both your highlights and lowlights of your image.
However, and most importantly, I was able to create an image that matched my vision when I took the photograph. I knew this image would work well as a monochrome, or doutone image. Another thing the histogram shows is that the image has *some* color. In this case I used a magenta colored split toning preset to give the photograph a dark, purple/pink color. If I can find the original source of the download, I’ll be sure to share it with you.
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