The Neon Sign of O’Rear’s Pastry Shop
This is a photo that I made a couple of years ago. It was during my photo 365 project, and I would look for anything interesting to photograph. I always liked this sign as it had many different colors that looked great at night. When I made this image I knew that I should have been there earlier during blue hour. As it was I jumped out of the car, made the image, and then hopped back into the car. I always said that I would go back at the right time to make this image again. That is the problem with saying that you will come back to photograph a location. Things can change quickly. The sign looks nothing like this now, and I won’t have a second chance. I am happy with how this photo turned out though. I thought that it was fitting to post this image today after my post above about Thomas Hawk and his love for neon signs.
Editing This Photo in Lightroom 5
As I said above this was a quick capture. This was not a well thought out picture with the perfect conditions present. This was a three shot HDR image that was processed in Photomatix 4. I then took the 32 bit image back into Lightroom. Back in Lightroom I started off by using the HDR Look preset by Matt Kloskowski. From there I adjusted the vibrance, highlights, exposure, and contrast to get the look that I wanted. In the end I liked the final image.
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