I’ve got the disease. The disease of “need for photography and grungee urban city photos.”
My cure for this photography disease is more street, city, and outdoor shots. And after driving to Golden Gardens beach in Seattle and being pelted by rain I was feeling sick because my day of awesome photography was lost. So, I did what I could to find some antibiotics (opportunities). That is when I went indoors… to the public restrooms and found these two penicillin shots. You can see the before and after shots of each.
These shots were a quick in and out of the restroom. After all, you don’t want to be lingering too long in any public restroom with thousands of dollars in camera equipment. I flipped up my camera flash, left my ISO at 100, dropped the f-stop to 3.5, and shot at 200 speed. Click, click, click. I was in and out of that restroom in about 2 minutes.
At home I dumped these into my LR5, created two more virtual copies of each, and set the exposure to (-2, 0, 2). Next, into the Photomatix Pro 5 oven they went. In baked them into a surreal grunge look in Photomatix and then used my Perfect Photo 8.0 to paint in detail, contrast, darkness, and specific glow. These are the outcome.