Green Beer

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.

Canon EOS 50D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L, 32mm, F 7.1, ISO 100

Chris Kenison - January 7, 2011 - 7:23 am

This is a really good shot. It’s simple and clean. I love the green. Also, the red on the bottle is a nice touch. Great job!

Jesse - January 7, 2011 - 7:50 am

Great job making a simple image work so well. Love the textures in this

Steve Beal - January 7, 2011 - 7:53 am

Gorgeous shot Heath! I can’t believe it’s not HDR… That window as a lot of character. Love the way you processed it.

James Brandon - January 7, 2011 - 8:24 am

Another great shot Heath, although it’s a bit early for drinking 😉

James Howe - January 7, 2011 - 8:40 am

I like the fact that the green of the beer bottle matches the green of the door, but then has the red stripe to separate it just enough from the background.

John Sotiriou - January 7, 2011 - 8:42 am

Great job, Heath. I love the textures and the color saturation!

Jim Denham - January 7, 2011 - 8:52 am

Great eye Heath! Love the composition and processing! Well done!

Dave Wilson - January 7, 2011 - 8:52 am

Early, James? It’s already 4pm in Italy 🙂

I love the textures in the window paint here, Heath.

Tobias George - January 7, 2011 - 9:52 am

This is really great, Heath! Love the textures.

murphyz - January 7, 2011 - 11:10 am

Love the textures of the door and the stones; and you’re right the bottle does take what would be a scene that misses ‘something’ and gives it that additional (and much required) focal point.

Bob Lussier - January 7, 2011 - 12:21 pm

Great image. Love the textures and composition. I agree about going into the archives. Too many times, I’ve found images I *meant* to process, but somehow, never got around to it. And as you pointed out, reprocessing older images can be very rewarding.

Heath O'Fee - January 7, 2011 - 12:38 pm

Thanks so much, everyone! I had fun bringing all those textures out in processing, so I appreciate all the positive feedback.

James, Dave: You guys don’t start drinking ’till after 4pm?? I think you’re doing it wrong 😉

mark blundell - January 10, 2011 - 5:38 am

Nice image. I’m warming more to doors and windows so really like this one, the processing is lovely.