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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.

 

EDIT:

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
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