jciv By: jciv

Heywood Building

I have wanted to shoot this building for a long time, but never actually did more than a drive by. This is not an HDR, this is from one JPEG (I forgot I wasn't shooting RAW) using Paint Shop Pro XI's Clarity twice at 18 and 15, then using Lightroom's Clarify at 26. The original is below. It wasn't really a good day for shooting since it was so cloudy and dark, but those clouds turned out awesome after the processing.

  • Edward Leger 6y

    Hey...that's my building to shoot!!! ;)
    Great work on this one.
  • jciv 6y

    Thanks. Your shots made me want to shoot it even more.
  • Wolfgang Wander 6y

    Wow - this really works. And thanks for posting the original so that we can see the effect...
  • Pablo Alcolea 6y

    Congratulations, great photo. The outcome of treatment is surprising. I like a lot. Greetings.
  • jan schietse 6y

    impressive processing.
    Now it got a "western" feel to it.
    Next moment a few gunslingers show up ... ;-)))
  • johnche 6y

    which lens?
  • jciv 6y

    Tamron 18-250. Slower focusing than I hoped, but very convenient and good image quality. Not very useful with my Raynox adapter for macros though, you get heavy vignetting unless using it at 250mm where it is only slight vignetting from the Raynox's mount because the front element is so big.
  • 1987porsche944 6y

    Whoa! Instant fave!

    I love shooting in dark scenes like this and then adding light/curves/HDR-ish post processing. The best is getting a nice bracketed shot so it brings out all the details, but you did a great job with the details and light here - it wasn't a bracketed shot, right? Just a single JPEG? I ought to look into Lightroom but can't afford any software right now. I do have PS CS3 though, so there shouldn't be much I can't accomplish if I just learned how to use it correctly.

    Those clouds and that decaying building totally rock my world.
  • 1987porsche944 6y

    I also want to add that the festive wreath really adds a strange feeling to the scene...like it was abandoned and forgotten in the middle of the holiday cheer.
  • jciv 6y

    Thanks. Photoshop has Clarity also. And you could abuse it like I do with Clarify in Paint Shop by applying it multiple times. In Lightroom, you can't apply it more than once. I like Lightroom for its ease of making adjustments and image management. Google's free Picasa was actually better at the management part, but not nearly as powerful for editing.
  • ronlog 6y

    Amazing work. As usual.
  • Pam Morris 6y

    Wow! Very impressive work! I would have never guessed that this was not a HDR image. Very nice!
  • Casey's Captures 6y

    This city block seems abandoned and unloved. Are there any plans in the future for revitilizing this street? Such an interesting old building, and could be so much more than just interesting. I do love your treatment of this photo, and I thought it was HDR as well! :o)
  • jciv 6y

    In this shot, that front one is the only building I know is vacant. Downtown there isn't doing great, but if you look at the large size, you can see it isn't as dead as it seems. This building is an odd shape so is probably not in much demand.
  • Joanju. 6y

    Nice, I like it a lot!
  • holyhairchick 6y

    I love what you did with this shot!
  • victortan47 6y

    best shot
  • mellyssa™ 6y

    I think this is fab !
  • jciv 1mo

    They are trying to save the building now:
  • Ash 1mo

    Good luck to them! It would be nice to save it, but it looks in bad shape.
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Taken on January 1, 2009
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