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Old Jul 29, 2010, 11:18 AM   #1
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Default Scenic Spots in Hell's Kitchen

...if there ever were any .

Seriously, this series started out with the apartment building in #1. From there I took more pictures in the neighborhood yesterday and today.

The apartment building in #1 always catches my eye coming in to work every morning. Now I think I know why. Red brick building, green tree, and blue sky make for a picturesque scene, I think. In the winter, white snow makes it just as eye-catching.

#1) Apartment Building.


#2) Graffiti.


#3) More graffiti.


#4) Mobile power generator (I think) with graffiti


#5) Pork Shop.


Thank you for looking. C&C welcome.
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Old Jul 29, 2010, 12:31 PM   #2
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Just an awesome set of photos!
Did you do HDR conversions on them or just Photoshop?
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Old Jul 29, 2010, 2:36 PM   #3
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Thank you, Avatar.

I used Photomatix on all. I used its “painterly” tone map which comes out pale-looking but in my experience responds well to PSE7’s “levels” slider. I darken, increase contrast, and deepen colors all in one operation that way. I then sharpen the pics in PSE7.

The exception is #3 (graffiti behind chainlink fence). I couldn’t set the sharpness and contrast on the chain-link fence just right so as not to be hurtful to my eyes. So after Photomatix’s painterly tonemap, I used Topaz Adjust’s “spicify” preset and was surprised it did an equivalent if not better job than my manually adjusting the “levels” slider of PSE7, all at the click of a button at that.

I also used Topaz Denoise on the skies.

I thought I might get comments about #1 being overdone, but I purposefully made it eye-candyish (too eye-candyish, maybe -- it’s still open for c&c) to coat with perfume what is in essence an un-showering brute .

I'm glad you liked them.


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Old Jul 30, 2010, 12:22 AM   #4
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Thanks for sharing your secrets vvcarpio! I've got so much to learn still and all these tips are highly appreciated.

I like the first photo with the blue sky and green tree in the background it makes the building "pop". I find it really difficult to make photo's like that look interesting. But you've nailed all of these photo's in my opinion.

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You're welcome, Avatar. I guess I divulge my "secrets" as a motivation to keep coming up with new ones .

I appreciate the comments about the building. In my previous reply I mentioned "mild detail" preset -- I was mistaken, I used the Topaz Adjust's "spicify". (Not sure what "spicify" means -- "make spicy", maybe.)

For the pic below, I did the same thing: (1) Photomatix "painterly" tonemap, (2) sharpen in PSE7, then (3) Topaz Adjust "spicify" preset.

#6) Rainbow in Hell's Kitchen.
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You did an excellent job on the hdr which adds a rough sense to the street life.
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Old Aug 1, 2010, 4:10 AM   #7
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That pork shop has some pretty good italian cold cuts.
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Nice set of shots. I like the affect you used on them.
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The verizon box is a storage box only for their tools. Not a generator.
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I like the last photo, the wet road catch the reflections just great and it gives it almost a water-like look.

How many photo's/brackets did you use to create these?
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