I get a chuckle whenever I think about how my face was pressed against the barrier gate of the 86th Floor Observation deck at the Empire State Building. I had to get right up in there in with my camera to have enough room to crane down and frame up this shot. It took several minutes until there were enough yellow cabs to make the shot worth it but I’m glad that it paid off in the end.
The processing method here was very deliberate. It was important to bring out the yellows as much as possible but I didn’t want to go with the opposing color on the color wheel, blue. Rather, I decided to use temperature and luminance as my contrast mediums. Given how freaking cold it was up there that day, I think I’d much rather have the impression of warmth here. :)
In terms of processing
Stylization was achieved using Perfect Effects 4. I combined a Soft Light blend of Autumn and Moulin Rouge. I also added some custom Tone and Color Enhancers to bring out texture and warmth in color temperature.
Next, I sent the image to FocalPoint 2.1, where I limited focus to the center portion of the frame. I felt that this helped bring the eye specifically where I wanted it to go along with adding that pleasing miniature world effect that you normally get using Tilt Shift lenses.
Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.3.