I spent a good deal of time this past weekend snooping around an old alley in downtown Calgary trying to get some good grungy/texture rich brackets. The alley is full of old sandstone and brick, some of which still shows the faded paint signs of businesses past. It was a great place to shoot, and while I think I got some good shots, I will have to re-visit the same area during the twilight hours to add a bit more drama to the location.
I was immediately drawn to the large glass brick windows of this old sandstone building. The contrast of the blues and greens of the glass against the yellows of the sandstone made for a really cool scene. After tonemapping these brackets, I added an extra contrast and brilliance layers in Nik Color Efex Pro to bring out the texture in the sandstone and the colour in the glass bricks.