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Bridge crossing in the Dubai Marina

Let’s go with a Dubai photo for today. To be exact, one from the Dubai Marina. This was taken at one of the multiple bridges that span across the Dubai Marina. You have to use them every time you want to get to the other side and don’t want to go all the way around. I did this photo on the way back to the apartment we have rented there. It was right behind the construction on the right.

This is a three exposure blend done in Photoshop. Mostly I only needed to darken the mosque in the middle, as that was very bright compared to other buildings. This is not a panorama, but a photo taken with a 12mm lens, that I cropped in post-processing. I did so, as there was just too much of the walkway in it, and it took away from the look I wanted here.

Bridge crossing in the Dubai Marina

Luminosity masking

Over the last weeks, I have been adding articles about luminosity selections and masks. But since they were posted as normal daily updates here, they are getting lost between all the other articles. So this is an overview so you quickly can find all the posts from one spot.

Luminosity masking articles

Here they all are, in the order you should read them and what is every single one about:

  1. Understanding masks in Photoshop – what are layer masks, how they work and how they are used in Photoshop
  2. Understanding luminosity selections and masks – what are luminosity selections and mask, what do they select and how they can be created in Photoshop
  3. Editing photos using luminosity selections – how can you use luminosity selection when editing photos
  4. Blending photos using luminosity selections – how can you blend multiple exposures together using luminosity selections

Will update here if I add more articles on this topic.

And to make this post nicer, here are few images I blended using this techniques.

Luminosity masking
Luminosity masking
Luminosity masking
Luminosity masking

Super ultra-wide wallpapers

I like crazy monitors, and I always find it hard to find wallpapers I like in the resolution I need. So let’s add another category to the wallpapers selection on this blog. These ones are all for the super ultra-wide monitors with the crazy 32:9 aspect ratio and resolution of 512×1440 pixels.

Feel free to send or tweet to me a photo of your setup if you use one of these wallpapers. As I don’t have a monitor this big, I can’t try them for myself.

As always, these are all free for personal use and you can share them further, just link back to this blog. No commercial use without my permission.

Don’t forget to check out other available wallpapers:

32:9 super ultra-wide wallpapers

As mentioned, these are all in 5120x1440px resolution. Will work best on a 32:9 monitor, but if you have an ultra-wide 21:9 monitor, you can use them too, just the sides will be cut off.

Additionally, if you have a dual monitor setup at 2x 16:9 at 2560x1440px, you can use all these also as dual screen wallpapers.

All the files are around 7-9Mb in size, so download only on a fast connection.

Super ultra-wide wallpapers
Super ultra-wide wallpapers
Super ultra-wide wallpapers
Super ultra-wide wallpapers

The new UFO tower sign

Yesterday I posted a photo from the top of the SNP bridge and today it’s another one. When I got there, I noticed they installed this new sign, showing the height of the UFO tower. Was definitively not there in February when I was the last time there. I think it was done so the visitors can take photos with it, and I saw a lot doing so. But of course, I also wanted to use it as a foreground element in the photo.

I tried different views but ended up with on straight on. I wanted the castle to the side of the sign, and in different views, I mostly had the pillar in the middle of it. I did not like that. I had to also be very quick, as a bigger group of tourist just got to the top of the UFO tower, and they walked into the shot almost immediately after I took it.

This is a single exposure edit. While I did take multiple exposures I could not use them. It was crazy windy and they just would not align perfectly. So I rather took the same exposure, created a second copy, overexposed it and then used it instead. Edited in Photoshop.

The new UFO tower sign

And since I did a lot of perspective correction on this one, I thought I show you a before/after here. Mostly I’m trying out a new plugin here, as I want to use the before/after slider in my reviews, and want to be sure it works fine :)

Reading list

I have not mentioned the books I was listening to while taking photos for a while now, so how about we take a look what I got through recently :)

It was a pleasant surprise when I noticed that there was a new book from one of my favorite series, the Threshold Universe by Peter Clines. The first two books 14 and the Fold deal with alternate realities. I read both 3-4 times as I enjoyed them a lot. The new book Death Moon, while still good, was a bit of a disappointment. Probably if it was not a part of the series, I would have liked it more. It just does not fit with the others. I have seen a description, calling it zombies on the moon, and that really fits.

From the fiction genre, I also read Solitude by Dean M. Cole. It’s only the first part in a series, but it was intriguing enough for me to want to read the next one. It’s something like a combination of the movie Gravity with the last man on Earth :).

In the non-fiction part, the last book I listened to was Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors by Matt Parker. I used to study math a lot at university, and I still have a bit of interest in it. Because of that, this was quite enjoyable. But probably even for those that don’t like math would be interesting to read how really small errors can have huge consequences. Other than that, I read again Bad Astronomy by Philip Plait. Similar to the other book, this one is about the bad portrayal of astronomy in media like movies and tv. Another really entertaining book, that I have already read a few times, and will do again.

Not sure yet what book I will read next, as there are so many too choose from, but will mention them in a post sooner or later.

One almost sunny day in Bratislava

I call this photo the almost sunny day, as if you look to the right part of it, you can see it’s raining in the distance. And it has been raining in Bratislava for most of the last two weeks. I took this photo on Friday, and while it looks sunny, I got rained on a few times that day.

This is a two shot panorama, each shot from two exposures. Blended and merged in Photoshop.

One almost sunny day in Bratislava

And here are a few details:

One almost sunny day in Bratislava
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