I'm not above post-processing the pants off of a photo to get a certain look, but the basics were already in the shot you see here. It's the Tucson Airport Control Tower--the old one, built in 1958, that greets in-bound visitors with a bold neon TUCSON on the side. They light up the sign at about 6 p.m., and I got there shortly after. This time of year the sky is already near dark, so you're straining to get available light. Fortunately, there's high pressure sodium lights about, which may not be good for dark skies but pumps a nice Baywatch glow on the tower and saguaro. I had to do a balancing act between ISO, shutter speed, and depth of field, and while there's enough grain to meet one's daily fiber needs, it helps give it that saturated noir tinge that looks like the film was developed in a bath of Orange Crush.
The tower--originally called the "Control Tower and Operations Building"--used to sport vertical neon tubes on each corner, but those appear to be long gone. I'm not sure our "iconic" tower has been featured in film or TV, but it's a natural backdrop, and will be celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2018.