AfterBefore Friday is a weekly forum run by Stacy at Visual Venturing where participants get to show their editing skills with (unsurprisingly) an image after they have processed it and what it looked like before. The forum ranges from experts who know Photoshop like the back of their hand to beginners who are just discovering the delights of Lightroom (other programmes are available!). After the success of the 6 month anniversary post, we decided that it would be really cool to all edit the same image once a month… enter the “One Photo Focus” If you want to join in the fun visit Stacy’s blog for all the insider info!
This month our original has been provided by the very talented Emilio at photos by Emilio. They are really interesting looking trucks, I love how they are all in some state of decay, but still lined up perfectly. There is such depth in the textures and the contrasty tones are great, so I wanted to take advantage of these.
Personally, I’m not sure about the colours, they seem too vivid to me, maybe its because we don’t get as much sun as they do in Nevada so I’m just not used to it! I converted the original to black and white and did some major changes to the contrast and highlight and shadows. Then I used the split toning on the shadows to give them a kind of sepia tone, I thought a vintage feel to the picture would fit in with the subject matter. I cropped it very slightly to remove the tyre marks in the bottom right, the orange rope lost itself in the black and white conversion. I played about with the grey levels to ensure contrast and detail in the sky and also to make the tone of the trucks in the B&W conversion more pleasing.
Here is my final version of Emilio’s trucks, check out the ABFriday One Photo Focus for many more variations, it will be interesting to see what has been created.