Processing for A Hot Summer Day

Old car and gas pumps at Classical Gas in Embudo, New Mexico.

I wanted to share an image I made with a student on a recent workshop here in Taos, New Mexico. This scene was created at a new location that has recently been added to my photography workshop line-up.

My processing goal with this image was to convey a sense of warmth, which doesn’t always come through in a photo. This was accomplished with two part process beginning with capturing the scene using a warmer white balance setting than was recommended by the camera. The “correct” white balance rendered the scene in a pleasing, but neutral palette that left it feeling a bit cold. A white balance setting such as cloudy or shade gives the scene a warmer appearance. If you’re working in raw (vs. jpeg), which you should be,

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