This was shot through the window of a moving car while passing through the Chicago Skyway Toll Plaza. I was using a Nikon D50 and an 18-70mm lens, 1/640th at f9, and the ISO was set to 200. The RAW file was processed using Adobe Camera Raw and then Photoshop CS2. I thought about keeping this a color photo, but even with the increased contrast the colors didn't quite pop, and black and white seemed to better match the retro feel of the signage.
For the record, here are the steps that I went through in processing this:
- RAW conversion.
- A slight perspective adjustment.
- Dust spots removed using the healing brush tool.
- A subtle vignette was added.
- Levels adjustment.
- Conversion to B&W via the Channel Mixer.
- Faux film grain added. I apply grain via a layer that you can download here, set to "overlay" at 40% transparency in this case. I don't always add grain to my digital b&w photos, but sometimes the photo feels like it needs it.
- Sepia toning. This was set to the shadow areas only via "blending options".
- Finally, the border.