Moody Street Lamp

Moody Street Lamp
May 6, 2011 blurb

One of the reasons I think I’m drawn to New Orleans is that it is the scruffy cousin of Paris. The architecture is ancient, by U.S. standards, and the details of things one sees on the street create a sense of being outside the United States.


This photo was taken midday with an overcast sky. To get the sweet depth of field, opened the aperture nearly all the way. I probably should have lowered the ISO, but I got what I wanted: a shot I could take from flat to moody inside Lightroom. I could probably go even crazier (and may) inside Photoshop, but I loved where this shot ended up. I used split toning to amp up the vignetting and warm up the cool grays from the original. This might be a good image to build a tutorial on, so if you want to see how I got here from a very pedestrian source image, let me know and I’ll do a quickie screencast.