So, Robyn at Captivate Me has this challenge. The first Sunday of each month starts it anew. You take one of your own photos and, each week, process it differently so that on the fourth week you end up with four different versions. Take a look at all the submissions and join in! Sometimes it’s fun, sometime’s it’s not. Just like life!
The above image was shot at Lake Las Vegas, a luxurious destination that only lasted about 5 years until the banking debacle and subsequent real estate crash. Now the place is pretty much deserted. The casino and most shops have closed down. This hotel has somehow remained open but is under new ownership.
Taken just at sunset, there was no direct sunlight and I had to fake a few highlights on the building and in the water. The sky was pretty clear at this angle but the clouds you see were taken from another angle that same night and dropped into the sky. I then had to add a red/orange cast to the buildings and water to match the sky. Because it was shot at ISO 6400 there is a lot of noise and I had to adjust Luminance Smoothing in Lightroom to +75. My transformation:
Please feel free to click on the image above for a larger, more detailed, version. But I guarantee the noise will be very obvious!