Posted on Aug.25, 2010, under Michigan

The Porch

(Nikon D700, 16-35mm at 16mm, ISO 200, Exposure 1/125 sec @ f/8.0)

This is another shot from the old Northern Michigan Asylum in Traverse City. The design of the building included fenced in porches at the end of each floors. I’m sure when the asylum was open they would wheel patients out here for some air, but that’s just speculation. To take this shot I backed as far as I could into the corner of the porch. With the colorful graffiti, my plan was to take enough shots for an HDR to emphasize the color.

I took seven exposures and created an HDR but I wasn’t entirely pleased with it. For one thing I didn’t have a tripod so this was done hand-held. When I processed the images, Photomatix did a good job of aligning the images but there were aspects of the image that just weren’t as sharp as I would have liked. For the image above, I took one of the middle exposures and processed it using Topaz Adjust. I bumped up the clarity and color and then used some layer masks to apply the effect locally. I used a couple curves layers to adjust the contrast and color a bit more. You can see the starting image below.

The Porch - As Shot


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

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