Time to go out and shoot at best has been minimal the past few weeks. This shot was actually taken in July and was a go back to process it.
This is another in the series from the LA Police building in downtown LA. Of course what you see here and what the actual shot was is two different animals. This was definitely the vision I had in mind with the flat services to the right and left and the trench of glass running down the middle to the open sky. This is also looking straight up the glass to the sky using tripod and a good angle to get the comp I wanted.
Post processing consisted of Silver Efex Pro, Photoshop and a lot of layers. Also included many saved selections of each individual area such as:
Sky, Building, Left horizontal wall, small left vertical wall, Middle glass, Right Verticall glass and reflection, right horizontal glass. This helped me to use us gradients to get the desired depth and desired feel that I envisioned.
I often get asked about how long it takes in post processing…I would say a minimum of 5 hours and maximum 10 to 12 hours. A good portion of that time is the precise selection process and the other is the constant studying of the photo for the desired effect you are looking for.
Below is the Original-During processing-Final Image. Click on image to enlarge: