Photo TMI 001: Dinner Table

I had a ‘bright’ idea about posting individual photos explaining how they were shot and how I chose to edit them. Photo Too Much Information. When I look around the web for information on techniques, styles, or methods I inevitably stumble across something that makes me think, “Hey that’s kinda cool, let me try that.” Of course when it comes to rubber meeting pavement, my creative runs head first in to my skill set. Still, as in most things art-esque there is no wrong or right way of doing things. Sometimes things just look good to the creators eye.

For my first piece, I select this photo:

dinner table
Nikon D700, Nikkor 28-300mm, ISO 6400 (Auto), 28mm, f3.5, 1/1000

I was in a restaurant and had set my camera on the table. Because I have been using a sling instead of a standard camera strap, the mounting point for the harness is the tripod mount on the bottom. When the camera is resting on a flat surface, it sits at an angle, like a ship listing to port (or starboard).

I didn’t even look through the viewfinder. I just shot the photo. In Lightroom, I changed the color correction to make it appear more orange/red. Vibrance and clarity were upped and I maxed saturation. Being it was shot at 6400 ISO, it was noisy as hell so I had to include a tremendous amount of noise reduction; too much makes the photo look like a painting or a colored comic.

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