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THis HDR image was taken from the Big Four Bridge approach ramp Wednesday evening. I went down to Waterfront Park to capture the sunset over the Walsh Construction Downtown Span section of the Ohio River Bridges Project and was hoping for a dramatic sky. As the sun was setting the clouds had already drifted off to the east and I was about to call it a bust when I saw that the few remaining clouds were picking up a gorgeous pink light. I set up my tripod and spent the next few minutes shooting the river and the city skyline. When I opened the images from the shoot in my computer I saw from the thumbnails that I had captured a solid composition that I liked in this bracket set. I like the way the small amount of handrail in the foreground adds depth to this image and the way the light from the street lamps is illuminating the trees along the walkway.
My processing was pretty straightforward using NIK HDR Efex Pro 2 to merge and align the bracket set and using the balanced preset to start my final processing in Aperture 3. It took a while to get the contrast and color to suit me but after a few minutes of experimenting I settled on this image.