Lower Manhattan Morning Reflections (New York)

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After completing my flagship product Lightroom Rapid Editing for Landscapes, I am working to cover the next most important type of my photography: Architecture Photography. My goal is to cover all aspects of travel photography by the end of the year. I am hoping to help people interested in travel photography in the following areas: Landscapes, Architecture, People and HDR photography.

As I was going through my archives trying to collect the best examples for the architectural segment of my Lightroom Rapid Editing, I came across this photo from New York. I took it in the summer of 2006 and it was never published anywhere before. Somehow I missed its potential and ignored it for almost 10 years.

New York. Lower Manhattan
Loc: 40.703089, -74.013005

I remember I liked the composition with the converging lines, but I was not too crazy about the colors. The predominant blue shades made the capture almost monochromatic. Now, with the help of Cross Processed presets I managed to bring it back to live, overexaggerating the colors of the reflections.

Shooting & Processing

The shooting was simple. I took a series of single shots at the shortest focal length (17mm) to get the widest perspective. I was aiming up, trying to get a piece of each building into the composition.

To process the photo, I used Lightroom Rapid Editing. First I applied Lightroom preset Hawaii Sunset from my Cross Processed Collection and later I used TOOLKIT to adjust increase the contrast and the saturation.

The Lightroom Editing Formula: Hawaii Sunset (4, 8, 16, 21, 25, 39)

Deconstructing Featured Photo

  • Camera: Canon 60D
  • Lens: Sigma 17-70mm
  • Focal Length: 17mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Aperture: F10
  • Shutter: 1/250s
  • Bracketing: single shot
  • Tripod: hand-held

Processing: Lightroom Rapid Editing

Lightroom: import, tagging, Lightroom Rapid Editing (Hawaii Sunset preset from Cross Processed Collection)
Photoshop: color correction, contrast.

Photoshop Plugins: 

  • Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise everywhere
  • Topaz Clarity was used to enhance details and boost colors (buildings).
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