Do Not Park In Drive-Way

I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do with this shot right away. I knew that I kinda liked the simple composition and the old worn sign on the door, but it seemed to lack a bit of drama. So, I ran it through Photomatix Pro, opened the tonemapped image in Photoshop, and fired up PhotoTools to see if I couldn’t find some cool filters to make this shot a little more exciting. After adding a couple of my go-to effects, I decided to try Day for Night on for size…as it turns out, that’s the filter that made all the difference. This photo was actually shot in the middle of the day with boring midday light, but the change of colour palette seemed to add that bit of nighttime drama the photo needed.

Although I do usually like to keep my images relatively true to what I saw on the scene when taking the shot, it’s kinda fun to experiment with altering the mood as well.

Canon EOS 50D, Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5, 20mm, F 16, ISO 100, 3 Exposures

Eric Leslie - November 17, 2010 - 9:34 am

I would never have known that was taken midday. Great work!

Mike Olbinski - November 17, 2010 - 9:38 am

Wow, what an interesting idea for a filter…great job Heath!

Jesse - November 17, 2010 - 9:42 am

I think the filter made all the difference, well done

Tobias George - November 17, 2010 - 11:28 am

Agreed about the filter. Like the composition!

Jim Denham - November 17, 2010 - 11:53 am

I like it a lot! Well done Heath!

Viveca Koh - November 17, 2010 - 3:04 pm

Well, that works! It’s fun to play once in a while!

Heath O'Fee - November 18, 2010 - 2:27 pm

Glad you all enjoyed (and approve) of my experimentation! I appreciate all the comments!