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The cowboy riding into town on his trusty steed maybe a thing of the past but, in my mind, there is a modern day equivalent. The Harley Davidson with its bright chrome and fancy paintwork can easily be seen as a modern day steed, comparing it to the trusted companion of the old west. Here we see old and new meet with these bikes awaiting their riders who, I assumed, were indulging in refreshment in one of the saloons in Fort Worth’s Historic Stockyard District.
This is a single exposure (drivers tend to get impatient when you try to set up your tripod in the middle of the street!) processed using a combination of Nik Color Efex 4 and OnOne Software’s Photoeffects. Each effect was applied as a separate layer in Photoshop to provide greater control in the masking.
Firstly the Pro Contrast filter in Color Efex 4 was applied. This filter has a natural ability to clean up chrome and bring out the extra shine – you could call it the electronic version of Turtle Wax! This filter was then masked in Photoshop so that the effect only applied to the bikes.
I then turned to Photoeffects and in separate layers applied firstly the Dark Contrast Filter and then the Warm Polarizer. Both of these effects were applied at about 50% in Photoeffects before returning the control to Photoshop for masking. As I have said in previous posts, although Photoeffects has the ability to create masks and stack effects, I prefer the control that Photoshop allows. The Dark Contrast layer was masked so that the effect was applied to the building from the bottom of the balcony railing upward to bring out the detail in the weathered woodwork. The Warm Polarizer layer’s mask allowed the effect to cover the same area but with a lesser density mask to the window areas and the cobbled stone road.
Finally, I applied a curve adjustment layer in Photoshop itself to darken the reflections of the two white vehicles which were parked on the opposite side of the street.