As I am still processing many of the photos from last week, I am coming across some pretty interesting captures.  The area we went to get that great pano of Kansas City is the World War 1 Memorial, it offers one of the best actually.  After shooting Union Station for several minutes I remembered to turn around and snagged some very attractive shots of part of the memorial.

One thing we tend to do as photographers is get so wound up in the moment trying to capture the perfect shot of the subject matter.  In doing so we tend to get pretty narrow minded, only capturing one angle of the subject matter.  I implore you, walk around your subject matter.  Take several shots from several angles.  We live in the digital age, these shots are basically free.  I practice this concept all the time by not only adjusting my horizontal angle, but my vertical angle as well.  The image below is a very successful variation on the above image.

Tip For the Week:

When editing a sunrise or sunset, try this little trick.

  1. Duplicate the layer, ctrl+J (cmd+J MAC)
  2. Change the blending option to Soft Light
  3. Watch how the Soft Light Blend Option sends the photo to another dimension of sunrise/set awesomeness!
  4. You may need to adjust the Opacity to your liking.
  5. Also make sure you mask out those areas that you don’t want to be effected by the soft light, preferably everything but the sky.


Blake Rudis
f.64 Academy and f.64 Elite are the brainchildren of Blake Rudis. While he is a landscape photographer, he is most passionate about post-processing images in Photoshop and mentoring others.

For Blake, it's all about the art and process synergy. He dives deep into complex topics and makes them easy to understand through his outside-the-box thinking so that you can use these tricks in your workflow today!
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