I processed this photo using PhotoTools after seeing a great webinar from Brian Matiash. Brian specializes in HDR photography of what he calls “Urbex” or “Urban Exploration” photography. He goes into crazy scary broken down places and uses wide angle, tilt shift lenses to get amazing photos. PhotoTools has many presets, but I was taken with the stylized effects which work well in Urbex photography and HDR photography.
I took this photo about a year ago while on a photo walk with my friend Brooke Wilton. I like to look back on my old photos to find shots that I might have missed the first time through. I was inspired to work on this photo by a great photographer and teacher, Brian Matiash. He recently did a webinar of his HDR process and workflow that included a photoshop plugin called “Photo Tools” that I really liked the look of. If you have about an hour, check out his webinar at http://tinyurl.com/36h83sw , I highly recommend it.
As most photographers know, sunset and sunrise are great times to take photos. We had gone out with the intent of take a sunset photo but the sky was not cooperating. We ended up taking a large number of exposures as the sun set. I picked the moment just as the sun was starting to fall behind the horizon.
There is always a lot of activity on Congress Avenue and this is especially true at sunset. There are always many people there to see the bats as they fly into the night sky and of course people in their cars trying to get home. We went out this night with the intent of getting a sunset shot. However, the sky wasn’t cooperating. I took this shot as a backup and ended up liking it better.
This is a photo of the walk at the edge of San Francisco bay near the Bay bridge. I took this photo about a year ago but haven’t posted it until now because I have worked this image a few times and wasn’t happy with the results. It must be a combination of reasons. The first is that my processing has improved. The second is that my idea of what makes a pleasing image has changed. I hope you enjoy it.