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The Finishing Touch

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 11 December 2009 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Pictured here is one of many homes located in the Near North Historic District in Waukegan, Illinois. As much as I dislike fences, the wrought iron fence that was erected here added the finishing touch to this property. I remember when this house had brown trim, which seemed to blend with the facade. The black trim really "pops" here. Processing this in HDR helped bring out the detail of the facade which was heavily shaded. However, I am "on the fence" about how the awnings break up the Palladian windows on the first floor.

Photo taken September 19. 2009.


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Gildas from Montreuil-sous-Bois, France

J'aime bien le rendu des couleurs de cette image.

11 Dec 2009 2:45pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

great treatment

11 Dec 2009 5:25pm

alex centrella from California, United States

that is one beautiful home !

11 Dec 2009 5:33pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

The green tiles on the roof just rock!

11 Dec 2009 8:17pm

dabbler from Minneapolis, United States

Amazing image - the colors are so vibrant ! Great treatment!

11 Dec 2009 11:27pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

That is a gorgeous house. Your processing is superb.

12 Dec 2009 1:04am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

The HDR is nicely done and not over-done as often happens.

12 Dec 2009 5:18am

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

This beautiful composition, very successful, and a superb treatment I love, and bravo!

12 Dec 2009 12:52pm

zOOm from Paris, France

I love your HDR technics Steven, it really enhances the world. Everything looks fairy.

12 Dec 2009 2:11pm

bekkah from Pennsylvania, United States

a beautiful home and image. you're probably quite right in regards to the awnings on the 1st floor windows, those wonderful half-moon windows would look better unobstructed!

13 Dec 2009 1:53pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

lovely looking place

13 Dec 2009 7:56pm

Barbara from Florida, United States

The processing really brings out the beautiful character of this residence. I agree the wrought iron fence adds a nice touch. To keep uniform with the second floor matching awnings on the lower level do appear to take away from the stylish windows. My opinion, I think it looks fine.
This area and the other home reminds me so much of Grosse Pointe, Michigan an area near where I grew up.

14 Dec 2009 5:36am

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

a very light hdr and a lovely composition -- what did you do differently this time?

14 Dec 2009 4:43pm

@dj.tigersprout: I couldn't do any "heavy" HDR treatment as it just wasn't coming out "right." But it allowed me to highlight the facade which was quite shaded and dark in the original RAW capture.