During a recent engagement session I had the privilege of capturing this moment with one of our couples. They rented the rowboats in Central Park, and paddled around a bit giving Jen and I so many amazing images to work with. This particular shot was all about the kiss in the boat to me. Therefore I knew the composition I wanted in my head and took the necessary photos to build in in photoshop afterwards. Shooting this with a 10mm wide angle lens, it still didn’t capture the essence that is the Bow Bridge and the Lake. Therefore I shot a series of 7 photos to merge into a panorama.
Here are the 7 photos straight out of the camera.
After merging them in Photoshop, below is the result.
Then the fun part began. I knew right away that I wanted to get rid of all the other boaters. So I did. Then I wanted to get rid of the people on the bridge, on the park benches, etc. Then once they were the only one’s left in the lake, I wanted to work on the landscaping. Primarily I just filled in some gaps in the trees, etc. Then removed the tree branches to the left of the frame. Last piece was to find the right crop. I cropped it about 6 times until I got the right dimensions that I felt brought out all the impact and majesty of this iconic scene. Finally treating the photo with a vintage washed out tin print effect gave it all the classic drama and structure I wanted. Here is the final result.
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Enjoy! (Time spent on this was approximately 30 minutes for you techies)