Featured Artist Zak DenHartigh Entry 02

Photographs of buildings and cityscapes are some of my favorite to look at and to take. It is definitely not as hard as designing and creating the building, but everyone has their own form of art that they practice and express themselves with. This building has, in my opinion, the best top in Atlanta. Its dark color and boxy shape really stick out to me in the Atlanta skyline. I took this photo and wanted to make sure I captured that; it sticking out against the sky, the dark colors and shades, and the rectangular patterns. 

When moving this photo to Lightroom, I wanted to make sure these things that I liked about this building stuck out even more. So I searched for just the right preset and landed on the RS-Zinepress Collection Untammed filter. I did not need to touch anything when it came to this preset on this photo. It darkened and saturated the color of the building just the way I wanted it. The shadows were just how I like it and the building stands out against a muted sky.

I had a fairly strong idea of what I wanted the end result of this photo to like and I was lucky enough to find a filter that resulted in what I imagined the picture in my head to be. This is not always the case. For me, I usually have a 40-50%  of an idea about what I want a picture to like in the end. This is good for me because it gives me more room in the edit to feel things out and experiment. That's what I like to do. I’ve found that using some of the Rockshutter presets helps me experiment with the color and look of the photo and flesh out what it is I like. So the next time I go out, maybe I’ll have an even better idea about what I want the finished product to be. However, if you are like me and don’t always know, don’t stress about it. At the end of the day, photography is art and art is about experimentation and discovery.