Taken 28-Feb-09
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Mel's Drive-In

Unlike my other photo of the Mel's Drive-In sign near Hollywood and Highland, producing this was more involved.

I got closer because there was a billboard behind and to the left of the "Open 24 Hours" sign. Then, I took three landscape exposures (from bottom to top) to create a panorama.

After stitching the photos together, I used lens correction to reduce the distortion 18mm would make. Then, I cloned out the corner of a building at the lower left side of the frame.

Since I finally learned [non-destructive] dodging and burning, I used that technique to subtly brighten the darker areas of the sign.

Back in Lightroom, I square cropped the photo then used a few presets:

* Matt's Auto Adjustment (Everything Else)
* Matt's Edge Darkening 1 (Light)
* Matt's Deep Blue Sky (Level 1)

To finish things off, I slightly increased the exposure and fill light to my liking.

I hope you like it!
Canon EOS 40D, f/6.3 @ 18 mm, 1/200, ISO 400, No Flash

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Mel's Drive-In