There’s something calm, serene and pure about the moments immediately following a storm. Experiencing those moments from this vantage point is all the sweeter. In moments like these, I’m in awe of my home city of Atlanta.
It’s actually a June 2013 shot. I was sitting at my desk facing the midtown view, when I noticed things started to get ugly.
Symbolic of the times, this gay pride flag is carried down the streets of Peachtree Street in Atlanta, Georgia. The view is from my 26th floor balcony. The topic of marriage equality is on the mind of the entire LGBTQA community. As a gay man, I support the move toward equality. Unfortunately, Georgia and the South in general seems to be behind the times on this issue. Go figure.
Sometimes, you just need the right perch. Or porch. Or balcony. Beautiful Fall sky in 2012.
For years I’ve admired this trend in photography and videography that makes the subject look like toys or models – anything but real. Think of the television commercial “Chattanooga” for a frame of reference. I’m still learning about it, but it’s apparently called “tilt shift” photography. Apparently the effect can be achieved with a tilt shift lens on your camera – or you can create the effect in Photoshop. I’ve made my first attempt. I have to say, living 26 floors above midtown gives me the right height, but I still need to work the angle a bit.
Here’s the before:
And the same shot after the “tilt shift” was applied:
Neat! Still more to learn and more practicing, for sure. I love this treatment, and will definitely be experimenting a bit more.