After Before Friday: Week 37

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!). If you want to join in the fun visit Stacy’s blog for all the insider info!

This week’s image is one I took a few weeks back when it was very cold and frosty, but beautifully sunny day. Warm in the sun, but freezing in the shade!

The sunlight through the trees onto the river was an amazing reddish brown colour, it was quite hard to expose for, I deliberately underexposed it anyway, but still it was hard to capture the blue sky and the orange sunlight. Time to see if Lightroom could help me!

Winter sun on the Aire-0288-5
Before

I applied a graduated filter to bring some colour back into the sky, then applied some basic adjustments to increase the overall exposure, clarity and colour temperature.

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The area of the water and trees on the left was rather dark and lacked detail, so I used the adjustment brush to bring up the exposure in this area, I used the “O” key whilst applying the mask to highlight it red so that I could see the area I was painting. I got this handy tip from Stacy on one of her ABFriday videos a while back and I found it easier than using the check box. (Obviously you need to press O again so you can see any adjustments!)

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The area of grass didn’t seem to match with the rest of the picture, it was very cold so I repeated this here and warmed the area up.

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Finally I cropped it a little to remove a bit of the foreground grassy area and shift the vanishing point away from the centre and added a slight vignette to darken the edges.

Here is the final version, it is more like how I remember the scene.

Winter sun on the Aire - After

This week is the reveal of the One Photo Focus image, supplied this month by Loré at Snow’s Fissures and Fractures, check out her OPF image and the other AB Friday posts at Stacy’s Visual Venturing.

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16 thoughts on “After Before Friday: Week 37

    1. Interesting and frustrating! Thank goodness for digital cameras and editing. When I used to shoot in colour film and rely on a lab to process, it was always a lottery as to what came back, now with RAW and LR (and a little bit of skill), it’s much easier to recreate what you see.
      Thanks for your comment Ben, much appreciated.

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