The first weekend of October, I was in Pittsburgh for the 39th National Convention of the FFRF. Part of that was a group tour of Fallingwater; I did not get around to posting a Flickr album of the trip for a variety of (bad) reasons.
- I switched to Adobe Creative Cloud and didn’t get all my apps updated in a timely fashion
- I had just moved to Etobicoke and still needed to unpack and settle in
- Most honestly, I was scared my photos would all be ruined – I kept a UV filter on my lens and feared it would make the pictures garbage
There was a lot of noise and I suspect the UV filter there. In many images, I used a slight Gaussian blur and then applied Smart Sharpen. All in all, I’m rather happy with how the pictures turned out.
You can view the Flickr album here.
I thought it would look cool with the sun immediately behind the spray. But there was a huge risk of getting completely blown out. That didn’t happen though and the shot works.
Just the same, I should probably invest in a neutral gradient filter sometime in the near future.
You are not permitted to take photos during the tour itself. That’s why everything I have is exterior shots. I understand the rationale behind that rule; but it is still disappointing that I could not fully chronicle my visit there.
I’ll definitely have to return sometime to get more shots from this magical place.
A shout-out must be given to Adobe Photoshop and the Content-Aware Fill technology. Fallingwater keeps a steady flow of tourists through the house, so there is always going to be people on the cantilevered balconies. But I removed a few strong distractions with the Spot Healing brush and Content-Aware. Amazing results!
I am looking forward to some photowalk opportunities around Etobicoke soon.
A camera and kit upgrade may also be in my future – we’lll see!