Through Strange Lenses

A couple of months ago I came across the work of Jimmy McIntyre on YouTube.  It was an instructional video on how to apply luminosity masks to images through Photoshop.  It was impressive, but just watching that Youtube video ended up to be just the tip of the iceberg.  He has a great eye for photographing landscapes and especially cityscapes.  He really understands light and composition, and shares his knowledge through his blog, his contributions to online magazines, the aforementioned Youtube videos, and more importantly through his instructional videos.   I bought them about a month ago and have been watching them as I get the time.  I am about half way through and they have already transformed how I post-process landscapes and cityscapes.  Luckily because of past experience as an assistant I was in the habit of bracketing exposures of landscape and cityscape so I have images I could work with as I go through the instructional videos.  There is a lot of information to absorb (and I have awful retention) so I’ve gone over the vids several times.   One of the most compelling aspects of his work is that the images have a very wide dynamic range without the distracting look of HDR that you get when you use an HDR rendering software.  I’m looking forward to going out armed with my camera, tripod, and the knowledge I have gained from his “classes.”  It’s been transformative in how I look at creating landscapes and cityscapes, and I look forward to learning even more.  In the meantime, here is one of the first images I’ve worked with armed with what I have learned so far.  But I feel like this is just the beginning:  I’m still in class and haven’t yet graduated.

Surfers stand with their backs to the camera as they watch the sun set beyond the beaches of Cabarete, the Dominican Republic (Robert Englebright)

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