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I realize this isn’t the world’s most visually appealing graffiti, but something about the text resonated with me as a digital photographer.;-)

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Looking north up Broadway from the corner of Houston Street.

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  • Jim DenhamDecember 19, 2010 - 12:00 pm

    Like Charlton Heston in the Omega Man! Awesome!ReplyCancel

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  • John SotiriouDecember 19, 2010 - 4:17 pm

    T/S or Focal Point?ReplyCancel

  • markDecember 19, 2010 - 11:11 pm

    Titl-shift, but I bet you could do something early the same in Focal Point.ReplyCancel

  • Mike OlbinskiDecember 20, 2010 - 12:02 pm

    Fantastic man! I love this…I’d almost want to hit it with a little greenish tint or something to make it look more post-apocalyptic…that’s what I see here. Looks like some blowing paper on the ground…like no one had been here for days.ReplyCancel

  • markDecember 20, 2010 - 3:20 pm

    Jim and Mike both caught on to the mood I had working on the image. I specifically thought of the Omega Man movie with Charlton Heston. Nevertheless, I chose not to go with Mike’s idea about a greenish hue because I loved how normal everything looked, except for the utter lack of any people. I went back and forth for a bit and for better or worse, this was the way I went. By the way, the book I’m working on has the empty city as its theme.
    Thanks for everyone’s comments.ReplyCancel

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If you recognize the area, then what is going on here is probably obvious.  If you do not recognize the location, it’s a mildly amusing scene I stumbled upon.

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Three months ago I posted a rear view photo of a Mercedes 250SL, explaining that I was not too excited about the front view shots that I took, but noting that I might try to salvage them at a future date.  Last week that post received a new comment from Dave who asked to see a front view image.  Although the car is a beauty, the composition and background are pretty bland.  The other shot I took from the front was exactly the same except that a car drove through the street. The original image I posted from the rear is clearly more interesting. In fact, I struggled with the image until I came up with the black and white treatment above, which seemed to do the best job of mitigating the effect of the bland background, including the unsightly traffic  barriers across the street.

Then I considered that someone who asked to see the front of a red Mercedes might actually want to see it in color, so even though I’m not much for selective saturation, I created the image below:

The car is a mix of about 40% of the version above and 60% of the same exact image, with all of the same processing effects, except for the black and white.  The rest of the image is exactly the same as the top image.

Finally, just to show what i was working with, here is the original version, straight out of some mild HDR treatment, but otherwise completely unprocessed:

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  • Tobias GeorgeDecember 16, 2010 - 9:05 am

    Great post! Think I prefer the red treatment on B&WReplyCancel

  • Hector GarzaDecember 16, 2010 - 11:05 am

    Both HDR versios are really nice… I would go for the B&W one because the building reflections on the car look better IMO.ReplyCancel

  • Jesse PafundiDecember 16, 2010 - 1:30 pm

    I love both versions Mark. I still dont understand the widespread disdain for selective color, but I think you did an excellent job. I love the soft processing effects you usedReplyCancel

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