I found myself agape, admiring a sky-scraper the prow of the Flat-iron Building, to be particular, ploughing up through the traffic of Broadway and Fifth Avenue in the afternoon light. – H.G. Wells

I had seen many images of the Flatiron building prior to my visit to New York. However it wasn’t until I was walking through Madison Square Park and I saw it with my own eyes for the first time that I fell in love with it. I had spent the last few hours walking around Central Park, and visited Grand Central Station briefly, before deciding I needed to grab some food. My next stop was going to be a trip up the Empire State Building so I headed south to be in the right area, and my wanderings took me this far. It wasn’t really on my list of places to visit and I didn’t really know where it was either, so I was pretty happy when I stumbled upon it on that sunny Saturday afternoon.

I spent a bit of time working my way around it taking photos from different angles, the traffic and tourists a little bit too much for my liking. Conveniently there was also a street food market here so I was able to pick up an awesome burrito from Calexico Cart and sit in the shadow of the Flatiron to eat it (The following day I walked an 8 block diversion here to pick up another burrito, they were so good!).

This is the last image I’m processing using the Phototools software by OnOne. Yesterday I decided it was time I update my processing software so I’ve done a few updates and Phototools has been replaced by Perfect Effects 3 now I’m on version 6 of their Suite. I had tried it previously it but couldn’t get it to work properly on my machine, nor did I like the interface – but thought it time to give it another go. I also updated to the newest version of Photoshop.

So, here are my current processing tools and the order in which I generally use them:
Adobe Lightroom 4.1
Photomatix Pro 4.2 by HDRSoft
Adobe Photoshop CS6 (via Subscription)
Color Efex Pro 4 (Complete Edition) by Nik Software
Perfect Photo Suite 6.1 by OnOne Software (use ‘MURPHYZ’ for a 10% discount)
DeNoise 5.0.1 by Topaz Labs

6 thoughts on “Flatiron”

  1. Incredible lighting and toning Mike! I’ve had similar issues with OnOne. PhotoTools was the only component that would ever work on any of my systems so I finally gave up when they migrated it to Perfect Effects 3.

  2. I really like the richness of this image that resulted from your processing, Michael. I just wish it had been possible to include a tad more of the foreground in the image to anchor the landmark building. Overall this is a great rendering of life in the city.

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