I took this shot in mid-October. The blue sky, red leaves, and position of the sun as it struck the glass lamps was particularly striking, and I spent quite awhile (as much time as the sinking sun would allow) trying to compose the shot just the way I wanted. Unfortunately, just the way I wanted didn’t really exist. There was a building and several power lines in the way, distracting from a nice, clean shot. No matter how I angled my way around the scene, it just wasn’t going to happen. I snapped a few exposures as the photographer’s way of shaking his fist at the sky but left the scene in defeat, decrying once more the intrusion of man on nature.
Several times since then I’ve browsed the year’s photo library and ran across the half-dozen shots I took here, trying to see if I could make something from nothing in post processing, but success eluded me. Until today. I looked at this one again and decided I would brute force a photo out of this if I couldn’t do it any other way. So I loaded the thing into Photoshop and used the spot healing brush to get rid of most of the power lines. Then I used the geometric selection tool to create a block around the building, feathered the edges at 6 pixels, and carefully selected the begin and end colors of a gradient. A quick application of the gradient later, and voila! Most of my work had been done. There were still some lingering harsh edges that I took care of with the the smudge and paintbrush tools, and the result is something pretty close to what I originally imagined for the photo.