Philadelphia – UrbEx Underground
Normally this time of year, members of the DC/MD/VA NikonCafe.com photography group travel to the Eastern Shore for a long weekend of spring migration shooting. Well, this year we decided to go north to Philadelphia and shoot some lesser-known but just as memorable city scenes.
Yes, we did the Cherry Blossom trees in Fairmount Park’s Horticultural Center and the spring flowers at both Bartram’s and Chanticleer gardens. We even ran amok in Reading Terminal Market and hid from the rain at the Simeone Auto Museum.
However, the highlights of the trip for me were the visits to Eastern State Penitentiary, the abandoned Mount Moriah Cemetery, and the Graffiti Underground. All three of these places fed my combined addiction to decay, hdr, and infrared photography; I greedily imbibed.
Image above made with a Nikon D200 IR-converted camera and Nikon 18-200 VR lens
Since I still do not like how Adobe Camera Raw handles my NEF files, I open each file in Capture NX2 and perform some basic adjustments. Then I import them all into Lightroom. For the image above, it is a 5-exposure hand-held shot merged into Nik Software’s HDR Efex Pro via Photoshop then tweaked in Lightroom with a preset.