Today I have another Christmas photo for you. I hope you aren’t sick of them yet. There is just one image today, it is from one of my favourite places in the city, the Hopetoun Tea Rooms in the Block Arcade. The front window is always full of really yummy looking cakes and other treats.
I haven’t seen it looking this good for a long time. It was so full of great treats and really colourful. I have taken many images of this window over the years. It is hard to do. You can’t do it without reflections, and more importantly it is also hard to do it without a whole heap of people standing in front of it. I did have to wait for some people to move.
The Hopetoun Tea Rooms have been operating for as long as the Block Arcade has been open. I think the only time it has closed has been when there was a fire or something. I looked up their website, they have one, but for a historical place, they had no history. Quite disappointing.
The window is all done up for Christmas. I think it looks festive, how about you?
A fair amount of work has gone into this image. It began as a 3 image HDR processed in Photomatix Pro. I added a few different layers of detail, and I added some blur. I also tried to bring out the clarity more. Interesting process, I have really used it on something like this before. I also added some soft focus in Color Efex.
Hopefully tonight I will be able to get out and get some photos of Christmas lights, if I can stay awake that long.