It turned out to be a nice and warm day. It rained a little bit in the morning, but the afternoon was partly cloudy with the temperature in the sixties! Just after sunset, I took a stroll through campus, camera in hand. I walked around Hale Library, checking out different angles and thinking about doing a sunrise shot, but realized that it wouldn’t work since the Sun rose on the south side of the building. So I kept walking and came up on Anderson Hall and something about the light, the lampposts, the wet pavement and the clouds just said spooky and haunted. So I wanted to capture and convey that.
I shot this image hand-held, bracketing from -1 EV to +1 EV in Av mode. I dialed up the ISO to 3200 to get the shutter speed fast enough to get a sharp image, since I didn’t have a tripod. Initial processing was done in Photomatix Pro and sharpening was done in Photoshop. I played around with different filters in Color Efex Pro 4 to get the look and mood I wanted. If you haven’t yet, check out the Modern Film Filters.
Some details about this photo:
Camera: Pentax K-5
Lens: DA* 16-50
Focal Length: 16mm
3 image HDR, bracketed from -1 EV to +1 EV