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Stuck under the bridge

Last evening’s commute, motorcycle down, car smashed up, freeway backed up. I creep slowly up the SoCal freeway and quickly grab this iPhone shot as I crawl under an overpass.

Post-processed with Topaz Studio (multiple presets combined). Before and after:



 

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
Last evening’s commute, motorcycle down, car smashed up, freeway backed up. I creep slowly up the SoCal freeway and quickly grab this iPhone shot as I crawl under an overpass.

Post-processed with Topaz Studio (multiple presets combined). Before and after:





Mike,

This picture I immediately enjoyvand appreciate as this is what I try and capture but at 80 mph!

So the challenge is to get in enough light at a shutter speed that can get the bridge without blur!








These colors are lovely. I have a general rule in dealing with my post processing creations. Once I am thrilled with the result, I try to put it aside and get totally involved in some other task. Then I try to only use a small portion of my creative color changes. What surprises me is that I only need a fraction of what I had created.

Here I just enjoyed your spicing up the sky to the nth!

Asher
 
Thanks Asher! There's nothing worse for a photographer than to see great scenes while driving! And to be honest, even at my creeping speed (or I was probably actually stopped for a brief moment), at least one of this sequence was blurred even so.

I agree with your post-processing recipe; usually 50% of what you add can safely be removed. I don't usually like too much saturation but in this case I wanted those sunset colors to pop. That's one of the perks of leaving work in the evening, though it was better nearer the summer solstice.
 
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