A Return To Basics
Yesterday was a most delightful day spent returning back to my roots of shooting good ol' grunge and UrbEx brackets with the great Amy Heiden. Between the general wackiness and hilarity that usually accompanies hanging with any member of our crazy bard coupled with the euphoria of walking down totally ravaged hallways of forgotten buildings, I can say that it was the perfect way to settle down before preparing for a 2.5 week sojourn in Australia ( we leave TOMORROW!!! )
For this image, I put my camera a special tripod yoga position certainly fit for its own caption on Trey Ratcliff's Camerasutra t-shirt (http://store.stuckincustoms.com/gear/camera-sutra). By letting the camera dangle over the rail with my Funk Buster 15mm Fisheye lens on, I was able to accentuate the natural curviness of this stairwell. Funkalicious!
In terms of processing
The first step was to tone-map this HDR image using Photomatix Pro. You wouldn't be able to see anything outside of those windows without this process. Plain and simple.
Very easy stuff here from here. I simply applied one of +Nicole S. Young's Retro Film Lightroom 4 presets (http://store.nicolesy.com/products-page/all-products/retro-film/) and adjusted to taste. :)
I then brought the image into onOne Software FocalPoint 2 to render the very bottom floor just slightly out of focus to give the illusion of depth.