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West End Evening

This is a west end evening in Vancouver a couple of weeks ago. The lights in the sky are fading and the lights of the city are beginning to glow. This is a popular spot because hundreds of people walk along the shore here in the evening, perhaps ending up on Denman Street for Sushi. I'm standing on a pile of rocks, and about 30 seconds after I shot this I managed to slip and fall. Camera was fine, ego not so much.


Sometimes I get questions regarding how I processed an image to today I thought I'd relate some of the steps.


I used a wide angle zoom lens for this at about 14mm, that gives the sky and water that zoomy effect, basically it causes everything to converge on the middle. I love the effect for landscapes, especially when the main subject is at the center of convergence as the city is here.


I combined three images into AuroraHDR Pro to get an overall dramatic effect to the image. I then applied a texture in the sky and did some final tone mapping in Lightroom, warming it up a tad.


The thing is I never do the same thing twice, every image is unique and the effect is non-repeatable even by me. That's because there are a hundred other little things that I did that I could never hope to remember, it's like painting with a brush, on one level it's completely freeform and one of a kind.


So there you have it. Click, slip, fall and process. That's my process from start to finish.

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