Photo of the Day: Philadelphia

Sorry to be posting so late in the day, but after I pulled an all-nighter last night I was hardly functional during the day. Of course, during the night while I was working, I did take a break to look through my Philly Flickr feeds and in Philadelphia: The Charm of the City, I found this gorgeous photo of City Hall, looking northing from Broad Street, taken by Lars Willem Veldkampf.

Photo by Lars Willem Veldkampf

Clearly this photo has had a bit of processing done to it, so I sent Lars a FlickrMail to ask if he’d mind if I posted this and to find out a little bit more about what he had done in processing. His reply showed me that there were even more details, like that the buildings on the right are clones of the ones on the left!

He wrote

The building on the right is distracting because it leans
forward, got rid of it by mirroring the left part. Added
some sky to it. Bumped up the contrast by using some simple
curve operations. Finally used the red channel from the
original pic and pasted it into the bumped up version
(luminosity setting). This toned down the bumped up colors
and reveals detail in the shadow areas. Final step was to
add some noise.

Well, the part about the sky not being real I already knew. But the rest was fun to learn. As for the absence of cars on the street, he told me that this photo was taken at 6:30 am, so the streets were fairly empty.

Compare the photo above to the original and check out the changes Lars made to it along the way to the final version.

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1 Comment so far

  1. bachtiar (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 1:01 am

    that’s a good picture.

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