I manage all of my photographs in Lightroom and so will use that as the tool for this exercise. All images in this blog have been output with a resizing to 1024 pixels on the long edge and sharpened for screen. The first thing I have done with the photograph is to tighten the crop, straighten it up a little and use the lens correction to reduce a little pincushion distortion. The crop is open to question, I like the presence of the supporting girder on the left, although I admit it might not be to everyones taste. At this stage I have also assessed the White Balance and find that the camera has done a pretty good job, although taking a white point from the left hand girder does cool the image down a lot, but too much. White Balance off the steel in the mid ground does not alter the image at all.
Next step was to adjust the exposure until I no longer ad any clipping:
I still find the image too lacking in contrast so the next step was to increase the contrast by a modest amount and to darken the shadow areas by increasing the Blacks.
This has over darkened the frame of the building so I have added some Fill Light to compensate:
My final adjustments to the image are to add a little vibrance to boost the colour contrast and some small adjustments using the tone curve to selectively darken some of the mid-tones. I have also applied some sharpening and noise reduction
A fairly straightforward process and one with which I have good familiarity, but interesting all the same. So many things I do automatically, writing down the process helps to think a little more about thesteps involved.