The L Train

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© Slobodan Blagojevic
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I wanted to accentuate Chicago's gritty and industrial side, thus the image underwent a rather heavy manipulation in post processing. I went for a certain "look & feel", rather than reality, and I pushed certain Lightroom sliders way beyond their "comfort zone" until I got that look. "Cold blue steel" was the phrase that came to my mind when I was playing with sliders. Given the presence of a large orange (sunlit) area in the image, I needed its complementary color (blue) to balance it. On a psychological level (or psychobabble level, if you insist), presence of color, especially strong contrasting ones, indicates presence of life. And as much as I wanted that "gritty" and dark look, I did not want to go all the way to the "doom & gloom" one... after all, there is life in Chicago :-) I rather wanted to accentuate the spirit-uplifting battle between life and death (decay), light and shadow, cold and warm (you know... the yin and yang stuff).

4 responses

  • Steve Baker

    Steve Baker (Deleted) gave props (9 Sep 2010):

    A superb shot (got my vote!) whichever kind of "babble" you use. ;-)

  • Claire Crocker

    Claire Crocker gave props (12 Sep 2010):

    Lighting and composition are remarkable! You make gritty reality look palatable.

  • Marcus Hammerschmitt

    Marcus Hammerschmitt   gave props (13 Sep 2010):

    Gorgeous. Voted.

  • Ognjen Karabegović

    Ognjen Karabegović gave props (15 Sep 2010):


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