Patternless Meets the Patterned. / by Sergej Krivenko

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This shot was taken in Toronto, Ontario while I was walking around downtown just north of the Eaton Centre. It was actually a gloomy day, full of rain and stern expressions as you passed by the metropolis locals. The cloud cover took over most of the buildings and skyscrapers in the area. Although, it wouldn't seem so in this photo. I photoshopped the clouds and the blue sky to take over the fog. I felt like it added more character and worked well with the colour of the grid patterns. It was neat to see how disorganized the clouds were in comparison to the carefully laid out tiling.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Lens: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art 

Camera Settings:
Shutter Speed: 1/800 second
Aperture: f/1.4
ISO: 100
White Balance: Auto


Photoshop Camera RAW: I increased the exposure and brightened the shadows as well as the whites to achieve a flatter, less contrasted image. I brought the highlights down to help bring back some detail in the subject. I also darkened the blacks to prevent the photo from looking too washed out, and increased the clarity to bring out more detail. I then cross-processed the image in the curves section. After that was done, I moved on to the colour portion of the program. I saturated the blues, and purples to help create an image that looks less flat and more vibrant. I slightly changed the hues in the blues to a more aqua colour. In the split-toning section, I added a touch of pink in the highlights and a touch of blue in the shadows. I then went back to the curves to add a matte finish to the photo.

Photoshop: I used a stock image of clouds to replace the overexposed clouds and help bring out the blues in the building.