I’ve got to keep this really short, it’s morning and time to get to work.
I loved this image when I took it, but working on it proved extremely difficult. I could not find a balance between the bright colors of the lights in the background and the muted brownish, muddy tones elsewhere. I tried different temperatures, but when the dark of the background looked right, everything else fell apart. I tried a B&W conversion with a mask over the lights, but that was even worse. It looked badly colored and plain ugly. And then it occurred to me: this is a B&W image!