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While rushing around the city one day I walked past this shop. I stopped and had to do a double take. I knew that there were a lot of new shops opening and many cafes/pubs closing down on the main straight. However I found it amusing that the cafe expresso sign had been taken down and not painted over and below a new business was open. I wonder if anyone ever goes there for a cup of coffee?
I created a HDR first in Lightroom and quickly cropped and corrected the perspective.
I added my portaesque preset, reduced the vibrance and increased the contrast and clarity to get a bleached feel.
I used a brush adjustment to brighten the shop and reveal more details.
I used a radial adjustment to reduce the highlights and exposure.
I played with the new dehaze tool which made the blacks more punchy.
I applied sharpening and noise reduction to make the image pop a bit more.
I added a slight gradient on the top of the picture to burn it in a bit. I also burnt in the pavement as well.
I quite like the bleached out feel of the street and the brighter colours in the shop window. I also like how the darkness insdie the shop pulls me in and makes it the focus of the image. I still laugh at the sign and it is another layer of contrast.
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