Photographed in front of some restaurants (including Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizza Hut branches) across the street from my apartment complex. I took the shot with my iPhone 4, and then spent a fair amount of time developing it with Lightroom (tight cropping, increase of contrast and clarity, decrease of vibrance and saturation, and spot removal).
This shot, was taken from a pedestrian over-crossing outside my apartment complex, is looking down Hui Xin Xi JIe as it crosses over the North Fourth Ring Road. On the left in the background are three structures that I’ve previously photographed: the abandoned building, the golden potato, and the smokestack.
On the right, is the entrance to an extremely convenient subway station. A bit farther back is a building under construction.
Proof once again that, although we certainly have our days of bad traffic and horrible air pollution (and even days with both), we still have days like Chong Chong’s grandmother remembers from her youth.
The wife, kid, and I went to the Solana Mall yesterday. We had a really nice time there.
I’ve gone back to this photo many times in the month and half since I took it. I felt like it’d end-up being black and white from the beginning (even though it was a beautiful blue-sky day). Most of the time was spent on cropping and removing distractions from the shot. Today’s final tweaks were with the grain… there was almost none in the original shot.