Chicago fire scene image

I took in a fire in Chicago during the middle of the night, and there wasn’t much to see by the time I arrived. I did though have what I feel is an interesting¬†Chicago fire scene image, and I decided to run it through a few filters to show some dramatic tonal changes.

The original image was edited after import into Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. The white balance was adjusted to neutralize the yellow of the soda, vapor street lights.

night fire scene in Chicago with trucks and water reflections
Here’s the original image shot wide open at ISO 2000. Larry Shapiro photo

Edited in the OnOne Perfect Photo Suite, this was a one click adjustment including the yellowed border.

night fire scene in Chicago with trucks and water reflections
Here’s a vintage black and white look with a weathered border. Larry Shapiro photo

Sometimes is just about playing around with the sliders until you achieve a look or feel that’s pleasing. When satisfied, it’s important to save the settings as a preset so it can be used again … with one click.

night fire scene in Chicago with trucks and water reflections
This monochromatic image has a tint and real pumped up highlights. Larry Shapiro photo

Another OnOne Perfect Photo Suite preset called savanna produces this warm tone with added softness.

night fire scene in Chicago with trucks and water reflections
This image has lots of added contrast plus softness for a glow in addition to a shift in Hue. Larry Shapiro photo

Using the Bleach Bypass filter in NIK Color Efex Pro, the coloring and texture in the next image is quite different.

night fire scene in Chicago with trucks and water reflections
This image has reduced saturation but leaves more of the reds. Highlights have been increased as evidenced by the street light halos and some grittiness for texture. Larry Shapiro photo