Last night I decided to take a look through my photo archives to see if I could find anything worth a second look. I’ve said this before, but I think this is a valuable exercise as it not only allows you to see the progression you’ve made behind the camera, but also allows you to showcase some of the new post processing skills you may have developed.
This shot is from my trip to Italy in May of 2009. We spent most of our time in the Tuscan region, but did manage to get to Rome, Venice and Florence for at least a day each. Our time in Venice was probably one of the highlights of the trip. It is such a unique city, and there are almost boundless photo opportunities. The shot below is a very simple composition, but the empty bottle of Heineken on the window sill adds just enough to the frame to make it interesting for me.
Since I wasn’t shooting brackets for HDR during my time in Italy, this is just a single image tonemapped in Photomatix to really bring out the texture. I then brought it into onOne’s Phototools for a few global adjustments and some selective warming and cooling. I finished it off with some selective application of the Midnight filter in Nik Color Efex Pro.