I was on my way home from a short photowalk with my friends Evan and Van and I saw this liquor store. The warm lighting with all the neon signs caught my eye. It looked really cool under the dark blue sky. I also really like the Indian out front. It’s apparently a busy place and I couldn’t get the long exposures without people walking through, but I’m happy with the way it turned out. I couldn’t get the composition I was after without getting half of a parking sign in. Photoshop CS5 Content Aware fill came to the rescue to remove it! Amazing stuff.

Processing Info
Lightroom:
– Raw conversion.
– Lens distortion correction.
– Pre-tonemap noise reduction.
– Contrast adjustment.
– Final export to JPG.
Photomatix:
– Tonemapped 3 exposures through Lightroom plug-in(-2,0,2 EV).
Photoshop:
– Masking in of various parts of original exposures to fix highlight and shadow areas that Photomatix munged.
– Content Aware fill to remove a street sign.
Photoshop filters:
– Noiseware.
– Nik Color Efex Pro Contrast.
– Nik Color Efex Tonal Contrast.
– Topaz Labs Adjust Clarity.
– Nik Color Efex Bleach Bypass.

All filters were applied to duplicate layers and blended in as appropriate with layer opacity or masks.

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