Since I was going on an outing Thursday night in Oakland, I decided to take more photos for this assignment. I arrived at the location before dusk to find the best view to capture. After deciding that I would photograph the buildings against the sunset, I began to set up my camera settings. Because I was trying to shoot at twilight, long exposure was the best way to go to capture the lights in the buildings and their reflection in the water. Long exposure also got me the soft rippling effect of the water. Additionally, I set the camera to shoot in RAW so that I would not lose detail while processing the image.
In terms of composition, elements of symmetry and rule of thirds was used. The photo is symmetrical because the buildings reflect in the water approximately at the center of the frame. The symmetry is broken by having the figure be at about one third from the left of the image.
The editing process began by making a new adjustment layer so that I could adjust the levels of the photo. Next, I taught myself layer masking because I wanted to adjust the levels of only certain parts of the image. I put the figure on a separate layer and the buildings with their reflections on another, then adjusted their levels. Finally, I played with color balancing until I resulted with a purplish sky to compliment the yellow lights.