Approaching the Gate
A Creek Runs Near It
Both of these shots were taken at dusk using a Kodak EasyShare CX7300 (a much-appreciated hand-me-down from my grandfather). I did touch-ups in Adobe Photoshop CS5 and Camera Raw. In particular, I employed Cooling Filter (80), which gives both photos a slight bluish tint.
In "Approaching the Gate" I used the Clone Stamp Tool to remove some backyard toys near a house just out of frame. In "A Creek Runs Near It" I used the Brush Tool to lightly paint in black and white tones. I did this to balance out the tree trunk at right center and the grass at far-left where the creek bends. It remains a very dusky photo, but I like to think the composition evened out.
In both photos I boosted the lighting with Exposure and Brightness/Contrast layers, both generally and for specific elements. I even added a slight bluish outer-glow to the lamps to make them pop (stylistically, not physically...which would be vandalism). Lastly, much love for the ever trusty Spot Healing Brush Tool. Hot red building lights be gone!