Well, it did – sort of. The out of camera image is the one below.
It is fairly similar in many ways, but I use Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop on all of my work, and on this image I only used Lightroom.
The first thing I did, was to boost the exposure by about a stop. But I also like to add contrast in an image. I don’t simply mean luminance contrast – making the whites, whiter and blacks darker. I like to add colour temperature contrast. Increasing the colour temperature of brickwork really makes it stand out, so I used an adjustment brush to do that on the brickwork at the far end. There was already sufficient luminance contrast caused by the spotlights shining onto the wall, so I didn’t feel the need to add any more there.
In order to add colour temperature contrast to the image I then used a graduated filter from the bottom of the image to add a cooler temperature in the lower portion of the image.
Anyway, that is the before and after process, for those who might be interested.