The Story

I remember trying to set up for this shot. It took for freaking ever. When you’re trying to align your camera in a very precise way, your eyes start playing tricks with your mind. I had my 17mm Tilt Shift lens on and it was really important that the front element was perfectly flush with the door. I wanted the lines to be sharp and straight. No deviation whatsoever. And I thought I got it. I really did. Unfortunately, I was off by just a little bit. Back when I took the shot in 2010, I would have been more irritated to process it. Maybe that’s why I waited two years. With Lightroom 4, I was able to fix up the alignment aberration in no time. It’s nice to have the right tools for the right job.

Happy Halloween, everyone! Nab some tasty delights when you’re off trick-or-treatin’!

In terms of processing

This is a nine exposure HDR image tone-mapped in Photomatix Pro.

Stylization was done in Perfect Effects 4 by onOne Software. I applied a heavy dose of Urban Sickness in the room through the door. I also applied a Multiply-blended version of the Havana effect onto the door to help set it apart. Global additions of Tonal Contrast and a tiny bit of Rich Glow to round it off.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.2.

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