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Title • Buzludzha #9

This is the last of the shots I'll be posting from my recent trip to the Buzludzha monument: a closer view of the text on the left side of the building, just visible on the left of this shot. If our research is accurate the text is a verse from either "The International" or "The Worker's March".

I've also used this image as this week's Mini-PSD as the processing was quite interesting. If you've taken a look at the original you'll see that the sky is mostly blown out. To correct this I blended three exposures: the metered exposure (which is the one you can see if you hover your mouse over the 'show the original' link beneath the image), the -2EV exposure (for the sky), and the +1EV exposure to lighten some of the darker areas of the building. From there I used a variety of masked curves and other adjustments to boost both the contrast and saturation.

It's not my favourite shot of the monument (I still think that this one will take some beating), but I am pleased with how it turned out.

In other news, all my one-to-one training days in September are now booked, but there are still places available on both my Blackpool workshops: The Art of Black and White Photography (September 16th) and Creating Dramatic Images (September 17th & 18th). There are plenty of places available for the black and white workshop but not quite so many for Creating Dramatic Images. So, if you think you will be interested in attending, book fairly soon. Oh, and you can get a 10% early-bird discount if you book before the 31st.

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12.29pm on 15/5/11
Canon 5D Mark II
EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
1/15, 1/60, & 1/125
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Photoshop CS5
Topaz Detail
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