History Center

A couple of nights ago I went out looking for some shots.  I ended up down by the local History Center.  I actually went there to try my hand at a timelapse of the sunset on a Veterans Memorial Statue there.  Although the timelapse didn’t work out as I planned, the way the streetlights fell on the History Center caught my attention.  The sun had set 40 minutes earlier, so the building was primarily lit by the streetlights in the parking lot.

Knowing I was going to have a wide dynamic range, I shot 5 images, 1 stop apart, intending on processing as an HDR.  I used Nik HDR Efex 2 to process the HDR, then pulled the image into Photoshop for some cleanup.  I also took the chance to try out a new plugin from Topaz Labs called Clarity to work the micro contrast, masked to just effect the building itself.  Below is the final image.