Thanks to Stacy at Visual Venturing for including my photos in her forum last week. I received lots of really positive comments, so am going for week 2!
At the weekend I visited a classic car rally (well actually I was volunteering as a festival photographer – maybe more of that later) mostly Rovers of some kind, but there were other marques. This Mercury Monterey was the only American car and truly stood out, we don’t have cars like this over here! It was a beautiful pastel blue shade and had the most amazing shiny chrome headlights and grille. The original had come out nearer to grey (I guess this is what cameras do, make an “average” of everything!), very flat and not like the beautiful shade I had seen. I wanted to make it more vibrant, more saturated and even create an exaggerated colour for a more “arty” feel.
Here are my processing steps:-
- I increased the clarity and saturation to separate the tones and warm up the image as a whole.
- After a period of trial and error with the aqua, blue and green colour sliders, I settled on an increased aqua hue (with blue slightly increased and green slightly decreased) and slightly increased the saturation in the blue and aqua sliders.
- Then I cropped the image to get the Mercury badge in the top left corner and remove the distracting reflections on the bonnet (sorry hood, it is an American car after all!)
- I then added a post crop vignette to draw the eye to the centre of the frame.
I also took a shot of the back of the car. I loved the shape of the back lights, but unfortunately (stupidly) missed off the front of the badge (curses!). I did manage to get Ron Jon’s surf shop in though!
If you want to see other After-Before images, check out Stacy’s ABFriday post.