Walking an Ancient Chinese Street Ghost Town
One of the surefire easiest ways to improve a photo is to put a single subject in the photograph. For whatever reason, aloneness is dramatic. Looking at a photograph like this just engenders the question in your mind: what is she doing by herself there? Where is everyone else?
Processing notes: after combing the 5 photographs in Photomatix into a single High Dynamic Range (HDR) image using my custom presets, it was onto the finishing touches. In Lightroom I added my custom color gradient “Red & Violet Sky” to give it a deep sunset look (even though it was sunrise). Then in Photoshop I used the pain brush to add yellow to the lanterns. Those finishing touches made all the difference.