I took a walk during lunch, shooting the Kodak Portra 400 film recipe for this week, and just didn’t love any of the images. The sky had so much drama when I was out walking that the color in the overcast scene, small as it was, seemed to drain the drama from the sky. So, after fiddling with these images and doing too much with a variety of linear and radial masks, I just made fresh copies, chose Acros Yellow as the base for the film simulation and just decreased the highlights as the only adjustment. Voilá! The images recall the overcast rainy afternoon much more simply and powerfully now.
The photos above are looking up at the pole, and looking south past the same pole. Two perspectives of the same corner.
Then I turned around and snapped this of the brick building across the street. Looks like a market on the ground floor, and apartments above. In color, this image seems so tepid, and desaturating it seems to add a little punch back in and re-introduce the drama of the sky.
And finally, passing the auto repair place and cutting east down the alley to circle back to where I parked, my photowalk offered these last two images. I really like the silhouette of the mechanic inside the garage, and the fact that you can see all the way through to the other side of the street.