Posted on Feb.14, 2013, under New York

(Nikon D800, Sigma 15mm, Exposure 1/30 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 800)

I recently received a request from a potential client for an image of Atlas that they might want to use in their lobby. The customer was looking for something that would ‘pop’. I had a few shots of the Atlas statue located in Rockefeller Center and I looked them over for one or more that might meet the client’s requirements. The main problem I was having is that most of the shots I took were taken at night which limited the color palette available. When looking over my catalog, I came across this image taken earlier in 2012 that I thought might have possibilities.

The shot was taken with my 15mm fisheye and I liked the way the walls of the building curved in and seemed to wrap around the globe that was being held by Atlas. I also like the general symmetry of the shot, including the American flags on the top of the building. However the raw image had several problems. The first problem I wanted to address was the horizon. The two sides of the building did not line up, so I used the cropping tool in Lightroom to rotate the image so that they would line up. I did some further tweaking in Lightroom, including punching the clarity, playing with the overall exposure and adjusting the highlights, etc. My goal was to add a bit more punch to the image.

I was able to get pretty far in Lightroom, but I wanted to take it further. I proceeded to open the image in Photoshop and use a combination of several filters from onOne’s Perfect Effects to punch up the reds and add some more detail to the stone work and statue. I also corrected a greenish color cast which I didn’t like. I cloned out a security camera in the upper right and made a minor crop to improve the symmetry of the image.

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