I took this shot back in June, right after the Republic of Texas bike rally that occurs here every summer. Although I missed shooting during the rally, I got up early on Sunday morning and went downtown to get some shots. I was wandering around 6th Street and saw this motorcycle there. I liked the look of the scene and went ahead with an HDR. You run into some interesting (read:strange) folks on 6th Street (our popular party street) early on a Sunday morning. Most are not hungover - they are still intoxicated. Oh, and they are usually homeless. Needless to say, I was watching my back while walking around there with expensive camera gear. One guy, looking completely wasted/dirty/homeless, approached me and seemed to want to be friends. We chatted for a while, and he was pretty nice actually, but he hasn’t yet friended me on Facebook, so I have that going for me.
After processing this shot several different ways (sorta normal, sorta in-between, and this version which is a bit cooked), I just could not decide which version I should post. So, I sat on it for a while, hoping that time and distance would give me some clarity. Nope. I still can’t decide, so what the heck, here is the somewhat over-the-top version, which I think that at this moment I like best. My post-processing added some zest here and there, including some crazy stuff in the sky, but I left it as it seemed to fit with the rest of the image. In reality the scene was a bit dirty and gritty, and I wanted to convey that in the image. Hope you like it, or at least find it somewhat interesting. Have a great day!