AfterBefore Friday is a weekly forum hosted by Stacy from Visual Venturing for photographers to show you their images before and after processing.
This week, I have chosen an image that I took in Leeds city centre earlier in the year. In Leeds there are many beautiful, old buildings, this is the top of one of the department stores. However, unless you climb to the top of the opposite building and hang out the window (I’m pretty sure you’re not allowed!) the photo has to be taken from the ground and unless you have a tilt-shift lens, the image you get will have converging verticals and seem compressed and totally out of proportion. This is often used to great effect, but with this old clocktower, it just didn’t seem right. Before totally dismissing the shot as trash, I thought I’d experiment with the lens adjustments in Lightroom.
In the Lens correction panel, I clicked the full in the upright corrections which stretches the top to create a more “front on” view. Then I had to crop the image to eliminate the white areas on the sides.
The shot was taken at a time of day when there was a lot of contrast created by the harsh sun, so I wanted to convert this to black and white to accentuate this. I adjusted the contrasts, clarity and B&W colour sliders as well as increasing sharpness and luminance to achieve the effect I wanted and then added a post crop vignette to get my final image.
One thing that I have learnt whilst writing this post is to always make snapshots of your final images in Lightroom, as I was looking through my steps, I must have clicked on one step and then adjusted it, all of the resulting steps had then disappeared – arrgh!! This did, however, force me to do it all again and after I had tried to replicate it all, I wondered if it would have looked better in colour after all, so I clicked the colour button and hey presto, a heavily saturated colour image appeared. I don’t know which I like best, neither are true to the original colours, one over and one under saturated, but I like them both in different ways. So this week, you get two Afters! Like two desserts, you can’t decide, so have both. Very unhealthy in the long term, so I will try to restrain from doing it again!
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