Firstly congratulations to Stacy at Visual Venturing for reaching 6 months of the ABFriday forum, great work Stacy, the posts have been very enjoyable to read and even more fun to participate in.
As some of you will be aware, we have had a poll of images to determine which we should edit for this anniversary post and Karen’s from KCinAZ image was voted “the one”. So here goes… Eleven of us,from the hardened editing professionals, to the have a go heroes, have taken on the challenge and hopefully we will produce eleven different images (it would be very sad, or incredibly funny, to see eleven identical images!)
It is quite a daunting task to edit someone else’s work and then even more so when you are pitched against other photographers to do so. It is a lovely image from Karen with many great features that could be brought out. The original colours are lovely and warm, the composition is great, the light coming from the clouds, etc, etc. In the end, I wanted to make something different and having tried lots of ways of editing it, I landed on one I liked. Here are the steps (in Lightroom) I took to get to my “after”.
- I straightened the image to make the buildings on a true vertical and cropped to bring the bridge into the lower left third and remove a few of the blown highlights in the sky.
- The exposure was reduced and I applied a graduated filter to further darken the sky.
- Then I started playing around with the Lightroom presets and decided that I really liked the “cold tone”, I was drawn to the bleached tones of the buildings and the greyish turquoise of the water and sky. I’m not sure if using the presets is cheating or not, it seems to be achieved by reducing the temperature and saturation and boosting the vibrance, so if you think its cheating, pretend I said that I did that!
- I then reduced the exposure again and finally added a highlight vignette to draw the eye to the dark tones in the centre of the picture.
I hope you like my version of the image and I look forward to seeing what everyone else has done. See for yourself in this weeks ABFriday anniversary post.
Thanks for reading!