Once again I went trough my Lightroom archives and selected the photo I took a long time ago. I was never happy with the final result even though I made multiple attempts over the years. I decided to take another shot.
It was 2006 and it was the very first time I visited New York after 9/11. Although it was almost 5 years past since the tragic event I still could see the traces of the destruction on some building surrounding the area.
I was standing on the sidewalk facing the World Financial Center with my back to the fence surrounding the Ground Zero. My goal was to capture the reflections of the place where Twinn Towers ones stood.
For me, it was an emotional experience.
I was shooting hand-held. I did not have a wider lens than 17mm and it was not wide enough when taking architectural shots from the close distance. I had to cheat by tilting the camera to be able to fit the World Financial Center building diagonally in my composition.
It was a single RAW file editing.
This is the third photo from New York where I was shooting aiming up at sunset or sunrise trying to capture the buildings reflections of the city.
I intentionally used similar editing techniques to create similar looks.
First, I applied Lightroom preset Eclipse from my Cityscape Collection and later used TOOLKIT to adjust increase the contrast and the saturation.
The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Eclipse(1, 9, 16, 20, 34)
I also added the Radial Filer where I shifted the color balance towards the warm tones (yellow/orange) to emphasize the sunset colors.
Photoshop: color correction, contrast, cleaning.
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky).
- Topaz Clarity was used to enhance details and boost colors (foreground, mountains).