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I had seen many photographs of the famous entrance to Pike Place Market in Seattle using the display from the florist on the corner of Pike Street and 1st Avenue as a foreground. No matter what I tried I just could not make this work for me – probably had to do with the time of year and the flowers on display. Somewhat disappointed we adjourned to dinner. Whilst we were eating it started to rain – after all this is Seattle! By the way, Washington DC has a higher annual rainfall total than Seattle – 42.58 inches versus 37.07 per Wikipedia. The rain in Washington just comes in larger doses whereas in Seattle it seems to be there almost all the time.
We returned to the same corner where I had been unsuccessful earlier in the evening to find the wet cobblestones perfectly reflecting the red light from the neon Pike Place Market sign. An added bonus was that by this time the market was very close to closing and the tourists had all disappeared leaving a wonderful unobstructed view down Pike Street into the entrance to the market hall. All that was needed was a tripod and a low POV to highlight the reflections and an umbrella to keep me and the lens somewhat dry (succeeded with the lens but not me!).
All that was needed for processing was to balance the exposure between the lighting from inside the market place with that from the neon sign. This was achieved by double processing the image in Lightroom and then by opening both images as separate layers in Photoshop it was just a matter of creating the necessary mask to bring the toned down version of the market hall into the rest of the image.