Posted on Dec.03, 2010, under HDR

(Nikon D700, 70-300 at 70mm, ISO 800, 8 exposure HDR @ f/4.5)

I was just about done shooting for the day in Saginaw, Michigan, when I came across this old gas station. It surprised me because it sits on a fairly large lot and the station is so small that I would have figured this would have been torn down long ago. Growing up I used to come by this way almost every Sunday as my family went to church and I have no real memory of seeing it. Perhaps at the time it was just another gas station, or maybe it was some little shop of some kind that didn’t interest me. Anyway, I almost passed this up because I had packed up my photo gear and was preparing for the drive home, but I didn’t. While there wasn’t a lot of interesting stuff around the station, the station itself was sort of cool. I took several shots from different angles, and I ended up liking this one the best.

The processing of this shot followed the same basic pattern as the other shots in this series. I took 9 exposures into Photomatix to create an initial HDR file. I think took that file into Photoshop and applied some filters including Silver Efex Pro on Luminosity (to bring out detail) and PhotoTools. I also did a little perspective correction and a small crop before finishing the image.


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

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