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.