I’m home from work but can’t relax. My head is all over the place. Deadlines at work. Big changes coming at my other job. How to plan for all of this? I need to do this-and-that for my side project! I also need to pay bills and exercise and make dinner and…
I don’t do any of those things.
I take some of my own advice and tinker.
Masashi Wakui has some really cool night shots of Tokyo. A lot of the appeal is in his unique post-processing. I like this photo from him:
I take a closer look at his photos, to figure out what he’s doing.
Can I achieve a similar look with some of my own photos? I have some shots from Hong Kong that might work.
In Lightroom, I try things until I’m moving in the right direction. I need more blue over here. How does he get his signs to glow? What if I lift the shadows a bit?
I’m pretty happy with how these look. They’re more interesting than my original post processing attempts.
I can’t replicate the look too well. Turns out Wakui uses split toning and HSL and some effects Lightroom doesn’t even have. I call it good enough and export a few photos.
These shots won’t make me any money.
I still have a ton of ‘real work’ to do.
But that’s not the point.
For a few hours, my head was clear.
For a few hours, I got to play.
I need to do that more.