Le Flare

I am a big fan of the Alien movies.

I went to see the original Alien movie in theaters, back in 79' with my best friend Carlos.

The movie had such an impression on me that I got completely hooked and watched each and every one of the sequels from then on. (Yes, even Alien vs. Predator)

When they came out with the set of DVDs compendium, I immediately bought them. It is what is known as the Alien Quadrilogy.

When I got rid of all my DVDs, I kept the Quadrilogy (and the Star Wars DVDs, of course).

It is my guilty pleasure...

It is such an addiction that I have seen the movies multiple times. Every time they come out on TV, I watch them. It's safe to say that I am an avid Alien follower.

When they decide to revive the series with Prometheus, I was a little skeptical.

I and my boys went to see it in IMAX and I was not disappointed.

I though they took it in a good direction and expected to have a good follow-up that was going tie in with the originals.

That is until I saw Alien Covenant last Thursday.

My hopes were crushed by Ridley Scott...

I am the kind of person that does not like to spoil pictures for other people, so I won't say much about it. Suffice it to say, I did not like the movie.

I left the theater completely disappointed and with very little interest in watching the following sequels. It was a ridiculous story.

While I waited for my son to pick me up, I snapped this photo of a medical building near the theater. I've always liked the lighting and though about taking a picture using the RAW camera from Lightroom Mobile.

At least the night ended with a good shot...


I was testing the new version of Perfectly Clear Complete V3 using this image of a recent trip to NYC.

A simple iPhone photo was taken on my way to Grand Central Station. I first edited in Adobe Photoshop CC to remove some wires that were in the middle and that didn't need to be there. I also cropped and did some Lens Correction.

It was my first time using the Lens Correction filter and I was curious to see that the lenses do not include the latest generation of iPhones. It only has up to iPhone 6. What's up with that Adobe?

I then moved the file into Google's Nik Perfect Efex and added some Pro contrast. Next, a quick trip to Perfectly Clear Complete V3 and finally a conversion to black and white using Nik Silver Efex.

I particularly like the lines and the reflections on the front building, as well as the contrast between the new construction and the old in the back.

I clear example of the stories you can find in NYC. The contrast of Old and New...