As you can see from the original image, linked below, this was one of those shots that seemed to have some potential – the bright sign, the unusual mannequins, and so on – but the straight shot just didn't work out. The light was flat, the colours were dull, and the reflections were overly distracting. With a bit of work though, including the selective desaturation (which isn't a technique I'm normally all that keen on), I ended up with something that more closely matched what I had in mind when I first spotted the scene.

The original is here:

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On a totally different matter: I'm heading back to Bulgaria today, and will probably be just about to land at Sofia as this entry goes live. I'm not looking forward to the trip – not least because I'll have spent most of last night at Manchester airport waiting to check in – but am really looking forward to seeing Libby and the kids. I've been away for over two weeks now, which is just a bit too long.

And finally: I'll be spending some time next week shooting portraits of our youngest daughter, so watch out for those at some point from around Wednesday onwards.

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camera
lens
focal length
aperture
shutter speed
shooting mode
exposure bias
metering mode
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flash
image quality
RAW converter
cropped?
2.37pm on 1/3/10
Canon 5D Mark II
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
150mm
f/2.8
1/250
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+1/3
evaluative
100
no
RAW
ACR
minor transformation
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