Orange Wall Graffiti

I was on a business trip to Switzerland and Belgium at the beginning of March, so naturally I took my camera with me. This photo was taken on the streets of Neuchatel, Switzerland. It was early evening, and the sun was quickly setting, so I went out for a little hike to see what I could find. There was a lot of graffiti in the area that I was walking through, and this piece caught my eye as I glanced behind me while I was walking down a steep little street (this photo shows behind and to my left of the direction I was walking). I had to shoot handheld since I didn’t bring a tripod, and 1/45 seconds was pushing my comfort level. I included a lot of the dark stairs in the photo in order to create kind of a diagonal cut line through the composition, while placing the main subject near the center diagonal.

Orange Wall Graffiti

The first thing I did in this photo was a hard mix layer blend at 40% opacity and 60% fill using Adobe Photoshop CS3. This brought the photo from rather drab looking to something with a lot more color and contrast. But this wasn’t enough for me, so I added a levels adjustment layer and brought the white point down to 240. Then I did a curves adjustment layer with a moderate “S” curve that brought the highlights up quite a bit and the shadows down a little bit. THIS had the color I was looking for! Then I just duplicated the merged layers into a new layer and sharpened. That’s it, no layer masks at any point.

Orange Wall Graffiti

Photo by Brian Auer
03/05/07 Neuchatel, Switzerland
Orange Wall Graffiti
Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D
Konica Minolta AF DT 18-200
30mm equiv * f/4.5 * 1/45s * ISO100

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About Brian Auer

a photography enthusiast from North Idaho. He's also the guy behind the Epic Edits Weblog. As a hobbyist photographer since 2003, his passion has been to constantly improve his photography skill set, to share his own knowledge with others, and to become an integral part of the photographic community.

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