One of the things I love about NYC is that you can walk places. Whether you need a coffee shop, deli, grocery store, or even a laundromat, chances are you can find what you’re looking for just around the corner. Now, I’m sure this is a novelty that would soon wear off if I actually lived in NYC, but coming from San Antonio, TX it’s refreshing. I’m used to driving absolutely everywhere; seeing huge parking lots and wasted space aplenty.
This image, for me, is a simplified illustration of the New York lifestyle.
Processing was a little more in-depth than usual in order to control tones, reign in highlights, etc… I started things off with my custom Lightroom preset, Grayscale, Portrait 2. Next, I tweaked the grayscale mix to control contrast without losing critical detail in certain areas of the image. Finally, with a series of brush strokes, I increased exposure as needed in clipping shadows and pulled back exposure in clipping highlights.