5 minutes in Montevideo

I arrived in Montevideo a couple of days ago having finished a 2 week corporate job - the night before flying home was stuck in a hotel in the city not far from the local World Trade Center complex.  Walking out on the dull overcast evening there was not a lot to encourage me to shoot many images - that part of the city is pretty bland really with not a lot to inspire me and I only had a few minutes to spare before I was due into a meeting with my client.

Looking up at the buildings though gave me a little idea to make a little set of images using a technique I had seen recently by the Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom guru Scott Kelby.  Scott talked about using some +2 stop over exposed images he'd shot as part of an HDR sequence and processing these to produce graphic architectural shots against a white background.

I set out to do the same.

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Shooting these silhouetted architectural features around 2 stops overexposed turned the cloudy skies a uniform near white.  In Lightroom I then boosted the contrast and ramped up both clarity and sharpening in order to pull out the details from the white background.  A few more tweaks of vibrancy and a bit of tidying up with the adjustment brush and the images are done.  You may like them - or may not - a bit like marmite I guess, but it did enable me to make a quick set of relatively interesting images in the space of 5 minutes on an otherwise uneventful short walk.

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