Posted on Nov.30, 2010, under HDR

(Nikon D700, 16-35mm at 35mm, ISO 200, 9 exposure HDR @ f/11)

Yesterday’s image showed the old Pere Marquette train station on Potter Street in Saginaw, Michigan. This shot was also taken on Potter Street, but shows an interesting building across the street from the station. The train station was built in 1881 and if you look at this picture, you will see that this building was built shortly thereafter in 1892. Looks like it would have been an interesting building in it’s day. I find the arched window area to be quite interesting. What I don’t understand is the ‘Car Wash’ references. Perhaps there is (was) something around back (I didn’t wander back to look). Another interesting aspect of the building is the yellow sign on the front of the building. It might be hard to read on the web page, but it says “Saginaw Arson Watch 2007 – This house is being watched, and so are you!!” This isn’t too surprising, in 1991 the train station was significantly damaged by a fire set by an arsonist.

Processing was similar to what I did for the train station shot. I used Photomatix to combine the 9 exposures into a single HDR. I then used Silver Efex Pro in Photoshop to bring out some detail by using the structure slider and setting the black & white layer blend mode to Luminosity. From there I used Photo Tools to add an ‘antique’ texture which provided some additional grit and a lovely yellow cast to the image.

Click either image to see it larger.


Copyright © 2010 James W. Howe – All rights reserved.

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