The bowling alley in town moved into a new building about a year ago or so now. During winters, some friends and I will use the golf simulator that is located in their bar area. The last few times, the liquor bottles have caught my attention. They all sit on a shelf which is lit from the bottom, allowing the light to shine through the bottles. Yesterday, while using the simulator, I asked the bartender if I could photograph the bar. She got the owner’s approval, so this morning I ran over right at opening.
Due to the lighting on the bottles, the only way I knew I could get the results I was looking for was to do an HDR. I ended up with 11 shots in one stop increments to make this HDR image. I used Nik HDR Efex Pro to merge the images and process it, then used Photoshop for some minor cleanup, sharpening and adding a vignette to darken the edges. The final touch was to use Nik Color Efex Pro’s Glamor Glow to add a slight amount of glow to the bottles.