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This is a photo for this weeks photo assignment, themed Dusk till Dawn.


I realised yesterday evening that I had yet to take a photo for this week's photo assignment, so at about 10:30pm I ran outside into the rain and jumped into my car as this would be my last opportunity to capture a suitable photo. I drove around for about twenty minutes with no real inspiration but just hoping something would catch my eye. Eventually I came across this petrol station hidden away in the middle of a an industrial park. I think that it has something to do with Sunseeker yachts as it is not open to the public and there was security guard in a hut nearby.


I particularly liked the slightly retro look and the fact that it had been raining so there was sections of reflection within the puddles. It is the first time I have ever seen this subject having lived in this area for over 30 years, it just goes to show that a camera can help you to see so much more. :)


With time quickly running out I decided to try and capture a shot. I took a few shots but initially wasn't very happy with them. I wanted to move back further but there was a wall behind me and a spotlight beaming down exactly where I wanted the camera to be so it would completely ruin the shot. In the end I decided to take three shots at different exposures with the intention of creating a monochromatic HDR shot, which is what I have ended up with. I used Photoshop to create the HDR and then I applied a slight vignette in Lightroom to make the edges slightly darker and give the image a more desolate feeling.


In the larger view you can just about make out the trees and the sky in the background, but in the smaller shot it all looks black.



I was pleased to find that this photo features in Explore for June 14th, thank you to everybody for your feedback! :)

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Taken on June 13, 2010