Wow, being sick really
sucks. And you fall behind on so many
things like these blogs. Ok, I’m back
from the dead so let me continue where I left off.
For these last four
photos, I threw in a black and white layer in between my crossed processed
layers and some Gaussian blur (refer to part 1 and 2 for details). I also used the shadow/highlight effect. The only thing I didn’t do was throw in some
HDR. Of course, this was all done in
Photoshop. I really like how these came
out – abstraction and all. Have a look.
Oh, there is no black and white layer on this particular image.Still looks cool though.
After doing a shadow/highlights adjusted layer, I applied a ‘cross
processed’ layer to all five of these photos because I love that
look/effect. I did this just last week
with Photoshop though I took these photos last summer. And the last three shots I again went for the
abstracted appearance. Have a look.
Moving on to June 18, 2011, I was out and about again doing site surveys
(no, I don’t have a regular ‘9 to 5’ job) and exploring my new habitat. Again, I was motoring eastbound down Bear
Valley Road. I passed through Apple
Valley heading to the outskirts of that town and stopped when I got to
Central. On my left was a big strip mall
that never quite became what it was supposed to be – the Apple Valley
Plaza. Ultra Star Cinema was completed
and operational but the rest of the site was never completed. It looks as though on the day someone said
there was no more money to complete the work, everyone just walked away. I can only assume that happened after the
market crash of 2008. The Victor Valley
seems to have suffered more severely than other parts of California but it
seems to have gone somewhat unnoticed, unless you live here. This is another location that I’ll return to
and shoot again. This time, I shot this
with my PowerShot S5 IS. The Photoshop
work done was minimal but I did that just a few days ago. Have a look.
In this shot, I’m trying to abstract my subject with this from the
bottom up angle. I’ll do a lot more of