“A Toast to Summer!” - the last - I think - of my late summer shots, two students drinking overlooking the Altstadt (Old City) of Heidelberg.
I grabbed this shot coming down from the Heiligenberg, and it seemed oh-so-relaxed then as it does now. Maybe even more so - the summer breeze doesn’t blow through my office that much…
Since it was rather late I needed to lighten the shot up a fair bit, which was the easy part of the post-processing. Sadly getting the lighting of the background and foreground to match was a rather different story. As you can imagine, the foreground was significantly darkened, so I had to help on that front a bit with some tonemapping (a quasi-HDR technique which enhances local contrast at the cost of low-frequency feature contrast - in our case foreground-vs-background contrast). That worked out fine, but it turns out I did want some substantial contrast between foreground and background. So it was a tricky balancing of setting to get the contrast high enough, without overexposing the background or underexposing the foreground. Not least of all tonemapping lead to some interesting color artifacts in the background.
All in all I like what I was finally able to do with it; and given the wonderful composition (perfect rule of thirds for you right there!) I would not have given up on this for anything in the world anyway.