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The 35er

Nikon D7000 18-135mm @ 24mm ISO 1250 3-bkts f/8 Lr3; HEP1

Long a fixture on Colorado Boulevard in Old Town, Pasadena, California, this is the rear “patio” of the venerable dive bar, on the Mercantile Place side of the block.  I think I am really attracted to a lot of the brickwork I find here, and I will probably return just to get some “stock” images of brickwork  to keep on hand as textured backgrounds.

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.