The third of this series. This one is the darkest of the set and that is due to post processing in Lightroom not anything done in camera.
I bumped the contrast and clarity and used a gradient across the entire image to further enhance the latter and increase sharpness. Using a gradient to increase clarity and sharpness is only really possible in Lightroom 4. In previous versions of the software the image just becomes an over processed mess. The main effect here though is the use of Lightroom’s post crop vignette – this allows lighter areas to show through hence the vignette is more pronounced at the bottom of image than it is at the top. I am not a fan of even vignetting to put it mildly.
Again this was shot at f/1.8 with a 50mm prime. As great as the ‘nifty fifty’ is it doesn’t shoot sharp wide open but as I’ve said before I think that sharpness is overrated and that many potentially excellent photographs have been spoiled because the photographer has sacrificed atmosphere for the sake of absolute sharpness.
The bottom part of the image (up to the double line) is glass brick and the area above is window and light source. The darker shapes above the tramlines are buildings seen through the window.