Images & Observations

Brick Alley #3: Turning Daylight In To Night


Nikon D7000 18-135mm @ 28mm ISO 1250 3-bkts f/8 Lr3; HDR Efex Pro

This image was actually captured at 5:28 P.M. on March 5, a day when the sun set at 5:52 P.M.  and the ambient light conditions were quite different

Nikon D7000 18-135mm @ 28mm ISO 1250 1/15 f/8 Lr3

than depicted in this rendering.  The scene is an alley off of Mercantile Place in Old Town, Pasadena, California.  The original center exposure is on the right.  I achieved the final image by converting the camera raw file in to .DNG using Lightroom, then processed the three brackets through HDR Efex Pro, tweaking overall exposure, contrast structure, saturation, white and black point, and then used Nik control points to further tweak the left foreground, the human figures, and the sky using some of the same adjustments.  Sharpening, noise reduction and  vignetting then occurred in Lightroom.

Some might consider this over processing in terms of the saturation and artificially changing the perceived time of day, but I really wanted to feature the brick work and set a mood, so I exercised my creative license.  I really like my final rendering.

7 responses

  1. ken bello

    Well done, Wayne. You’ve managed to bring out quite a lot of detail in this image.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:04 AM

  2. Thanks, Ken, had a lot of fun with it.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:44 AM

  3. wow Wayne that’s wild!

    April 13, 2011 at 3:21 PM

  4. Thanks, Sheila.

    April 13, 2011 at 5:14 PM

  5. I can’t fault the choices. Given how washed out the sky was, you didn’t have many other options. Good work.

    April 15, 2011 at 7:55 AM

  6. Thanks, Mark. Becoming more competent and familiar with the post processing tools available, I have started to see a lot of formerly “reject” images in a new light.

    April 15, 2011 at 8:15 AM

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