Reflections of Louisville

The Highlands Reflected in the Leatherhead Front Windows.
The Highlands Reflected in the Leatherhead Front Windows.

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I have been trying to represent each of the eclectic business districts of Louisville in a single image for a couple of weeks now. I tried various angles but each time I wound up with too much pavement  in relation to the amount of architecture. While shooting one morning last week I discovered that I could show businesses on both sides of the street by using the reflections of one side of the street in the shop window across the street.

I shot all the images in this post in three shot brackets that I merged in NIK HDR Efex Pro 2 and then finished them in Aperture 3. I built a preset in NIK HDR Efex Pro 2 that I used on all these shots so that I had a consistent feel to the images. By using the preset I could quickly get the HDR image where I wanted it and then take it back into Aperture 3 for final processing.

Plehn's Bakery and Jimmy John's Deli Reflected in 60 West Windows in St. Matthews.
Plehn’s Bakery and Jimmy John’s Deli Reflected in 60 West Windows in St. Matthews.

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I used the same processing for the rest of these images.

St Mathews Hardware Window
St Mathews Hardware Window

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Highlands Businesses Reflected in Leatherhead's Front Window.
Highlands Businesses Reflected in Leatherhead’s Front Window.

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St. Matthews Reflected in 60 West Front Windows.
St. Matthews Reflected in 60 West Front Windows.

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Doo Wop Shop Facade With Highlands Businesses Reflections.
Doo Wop Shop Facade With Highlands Businesses Reflections.

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Doo Wop Shop Facade #2
Doo Wop Shop Facade #2

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21 thoughts on “Reflections of Louisville

  1. I don’t use NIK or really any post processing but I liked this post of yours because it encourages us to keep at a project until “something occurs to us” or reveals itself. So often we give up on an idea because it doesn’t work right away. Thanks for reminding me that sticking with something is really a winner’s game.

  2. Hey Nick, we are kindred spirits! I love doing this with streets in the Hudson Valley and Catskills as well as parts of Rhode Island. This is great work. Thanks for sharing it!

  3. Hey Nick thanks for your post.
    I do a different type of work, but I appreciate very much your reminder and I agree with Kathryn about how important is to keep looking, until you SEE…and let the ideas come to us.
    in my opinion, you made what otherwise may look boring and tasteless, into something picturesque and almost dreamlike. very cool.
    Best, S

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