Day for Night

( Originally posted -December 03, 2013 )
When I walked by this scene I was attracted to the clock and how it seemed to have a glow even though it was the middle of the day. I set up a composition and waited for someone to enter the scene. I got lucky when a women took a pose in the perfect spot right under the clock. The figure adds a sense of scale to the scene, something I was looking for. The addition of the figure also draws the viewers attention away from the clock face and makes it a much more interesting composition. It really is incredible how much visual weight a human figure has in a composition.

It wasn’t until I was post processing the image when I discovered how good this image looked as a night scene. I was done developing the image as a normal daylight shot when I started to experiment. I just kept making the area around the clock darker until it looked like the middle of the night. I adjusted the color a little to give it a warm, evening glow and ended up with a “Day for Night” scene. It’s a term used in the film industry for when they shoot a scene during the day but underexpose the film to make it look like it was shot at night. Shooting at night is not an easy thing to do and most of the time you just end up with a lot of black areas and film grain in your scene.