May 282011

Lisa had her first cello lesson today so Katy and I came along and hung out at the music store while Lisa was with her instructor. It’s a really cool place called Morlock Music on Gay Street. I really liked the atmosphere of the place so I asked the guy at the counter if it was okay for me to take a few pictures. He said yes so I unpacked my camera and got to work. I decided to shoot available light only because I didn’t want to destroy the mood of the place for the other customers. It also occurred to me while I was shooting that I probably would have just been fighting reflections from all the polished wood, anyway.

The very first thing that caught my eye and inspired me get my camera out in the first place was this large display of hats on the wall. I lost some of the hats at the bottom after I corrected the camera perspective in Lightroom, but I considered that necessary so had to sacrifice them.

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Like the caption says, click to see the full size image. This one needs to be seen at a larger size than I can fit in the blog layout. Processing included a trip to Photoshop to remove a small part of a hat rack that was intruding in from the left and to selective tone down one of the white hats in the lower right area. It wasn’t blown out, but it was so white, you couldn’t see any detail in it. I also used Topaz Adjust and tried out a bunch of the presets until I found one that really made all the detail in the hats and walls pop and then lowered the opacity of that layer just a bit to tone down the results.

Next up, guitars! They had two sections of acoustic guitars and I shot them both, but the section of wall this group was on was way less cluttered so it won. They had a lot of electric guitars too, but they had even more distracting elements around them so I didn’t bother with them

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Not a lot of processing was done to this shot. Some contrast, clarity, and vibrance were added. I removed a strong, distracting reflection in the body of the guitar hanging way up in the upper left corner. I finished up with a little sharpening and a vignette.


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