Nice thing about working downtown is, just as I get out of work, it is that magic hour – the soft, warm glow of the setting sun, the city lights coming on, nice tonal range. So, I take a few minutes on the way to my car and take a few snaps.
So, I decided to try my trip of turning the camera vertically and taking several images in a row, each time, turning the camera slightly so there would be plenty of overlay, all with the intension of stitching the images together in Photoshop, giving me that wider angle.
Yeah, ok I suppose – for Helen Keller maybe but the sky is way too light, and everything seems to be lost in shadows. I need to compress the tonal range yet not loose my extreme highlights and shadows. Something closer to this.
Yeah, much better. Not to copy those adjustments and apply them to the other images.
OK, looking better. Now a bit of jiggery-pokery and viola!
Not too shabby. It’s about what the scene actually looked like. But I am still not happy. it might be how the scene actually was but it’s not how I saw it. There needs to be a bit of drama. I pictured a blazing sky, bright city lights, the glow of the sky and city everywhere. Time to use the brushes in Lightroom and paint the town. The final result?