Congratulations to Colin Robertson of Riverside, CA--February 2021 PFRE Photographer of the Month! The theme this month was "Living Room or Family Room."
Here are the top 3 entries from February's contest:
Please feel free to view and comment on any of this month's entries here.
Here is what Colin had to say about his image:
I approached this photo wanting to emphasize the verticality of the fireplace and its beautiful stone veneer, which is why I landed on a vertical frame (the 2:3 aspect ratio of the sensor worked pretty well in my favor). I used my 24mm tilt-shift lens with my Canon EOS R. There’s a large bank of windows in the room you can see on the right side of the frame and a glass sliding door opposite the fireplace (see attached photos), so I didn’t need to light this shot at all. I did bracket this and blended using Lightroom’s HDR DNG tool—which, in hindsight, probably wasn’t necessary given the EOS-R’s pretty solid dynamic range.
Processing was relatively light—I tweaked the sliders on the HDR DNG file in Lightroom, then brought it into photoshop to remove a few distracting bits and applied my color-cast removal action (which is a hue/sat adjustment layer with select colors brought down about 25%), then selected white areas using the color range tool applied that selection to the color cast removal layer.
Here are the other views (both of which required far more post-work…):
Congratulations Colin! March's contest is officially open, so be sure to submit your entry here.