When The Lights Go Down In The City

Double extra bonus points if you recognize the lyric and the song the title came from. I’ll give you a hint. This isn’t San Francisco which is what the original song was about.

This is one of those images that drove me nuts. I really don’t like the orange pontoon things. They are designed safe swimming areas where boats and jet skis aren’t allowed (in theory). I just really didn’t like them in my image and I tried like hell to remove them. I spent a good 90 minutes clone stamping, healing brush and content aware fixes and it just looked like ass. Finally I settled on just trying to lower the contrast as much as possible without messing with the water color.

If you are wondering why I didn’t crop it was because I could not get a clean cut-point in the image. So It had to stay. If you find yourself being drawn towards them just hold your hand up over that part of the screen. It will be fine.

This was a straightforward edit for the most part. I did my usual Lightroom and then put my curves adjustment in for light and contrast adjustments. Did a lot of dodging in the image. I wasn’t happy with the way the buildings weren’t popping. I then loaded up Intensify CK and selected the Cityscape present. Then masked that in at a very low opacity and was very happy with that portion of the image.


Lights go down in the city

One Comment

  1. THE MOM said:

    I like when The Lights go down in the City. Know the song. I like all aspects of the photo. I like to enlarge the photos to gain the full effect of the scene. The water, the city closing down for the night and the sky with the sun moving on to the next morning far away. It is a very nice photo.

    March 19, 2017

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