This is the second shot from my blue hour shoot last week of Hammersmith Bridge in London crossing the Thames into Barnes. For me the bridge and river also symbolise a crossing from the leafy suburb of Richmond upon Thames and South West London into the more urban, grimy and busy inner city.
What grabs me about this image is the the interplay between the blue tones of the sky and river and the warm tones of the fading sun and lights from the bridge, for me it is a perfect metaphor for what we as photographers spend our time trying to achieve.
This is an HDR image composed of 5 RAW files taken at 1EV intervals between +1 EV and -3 EV. The RAW files were processed in Photomatix Pro and the tonemapped image exported into Photoshop for further tweaks.
Once in Photoshop I made a copy of the background layer and adjusted levels.
A quick tweak of saturation and colour temperature followed.
The image still felt a little flat so I burned the midtones on the water, this darkened the water and made the reflections POP.
A further tweak of levels followed to finish.