Sometimes when the image works…
its nearly impossible for me to not explore the endless possibilities in processing. I find this really only happens when the image is fundamentally strong to begin with. Otherwise it can end up being mess on top of mess, and result in a ..mess. I shot this picture on the way to a friends place in downtown denver, late evening. Initially I took the picture because I liked the idea of getting the shape, and the hazy reflection. Here are the iterations it went through on its way to completion.
Original Version – no changes, just cleaning
Two different Negatives, that I originally did to get a better look at the image that was being reflected. As I persisted in tinkering, I found that I became more enamored with the rise of the building. As I cropped it in such a way that it seems to continue straight forward, creating a bit of a visual illusion (Which I am a big fan of). It felt like the reflection was in fact something beneath metal grate or something. In order to create the continuity of the bridge I had to bring up the brightness on the gridlike area near the top, to match the bottom. In the end I decided I liked the partial darkening as it extended away. So I left it, but I may pick it up again someday and have the bridge slowly erode as it goes away. Or I will find another building..:) (Below is the fading of the grid as it moves upaway)