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Feast of San Gennaro (Little Italy)

1/80 - f/5.6 - ISO 125 - 55 mm

Every year in Little Italy, the streets get shut down for this festival of Italian-American culture. The crowds are pretty insane as you can see from the first shot. Some people are even nuts enough to actually want to eat outside at the restaurants while the crowds stream by staring at their pasta.

On overcast days like this one, it can help to push-up the contrast in Lightroom. That can be as simple as sliding the ‘Contrast’ slider to the right, or by combining various sliders in combination.

When you do this, pay attention to your Blacks and Whites in order to avoid either blowing out too much of the highlights or darkening the shadows too much (unless this is the effect you’re striving for). Don’t forget that the recovery slider can be used to ‘recover’ lost highlights, while the ‘Fill Light’ slider can be used to recover lost shadow detail.

One interesting technique is combining the ‘Blacks’ slider with the ‘Fill Light’ slider to increase contrast and create some interesting effects.

1/80 - f/5.6 - ISO 100 - 18 mm

1/80 - f/5.6 - ISO 100 - 18 mm

Miracle of Science!

1/80 - f/5.6 - ISO 100 - 18 mm

$1 is cheaper than seeing the rats on the subway, but $2.25 actually let’s me go somewhere.

1/50 – f/4.5 – ISO 100 – 18 mm

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