The After Before Friday Forum is hosted by Stacy from Visual Venturing, it features a weekly behind the scenes look at various editing processes. Featuring a gathering of photographers all keen to learn from each other, each week we post an image before and after editing. If you want to find out more, or just visit and look at the images, click on this link.
This month it is the one year anniversary of “After Before Friday” and we are all working on Stacy’s image. She has chosen a picture of the house that was used in the filming of the 70s TV show Mork and Mindy. When I was a kid I used to love this show, so I was excited to work on this image. I never really thought there would be an actual house where it was filmed, I just assumed that everything would be film sets! Apparently the house is at 1619 Pine Street, Boulder, Colorado, if anyone wanted to visit.
On to the picture. Here is Stacy’s before image of the house.
Not a bad image to start with, a little overexposed, but nice framing and plenty to work with. I love the repeating white lines in the fence and on the house.
Despite this, I ended up cropping out the fence in the foreground, I wanted to concentrate the eye onto the porch area with the white posts and the swing and door. I used various ways to dodge and burn the area, I used a graduated filter to level out the exposures between the top and bottom half and used the brush tool within the grad filter in LR to remove areas of the building that didn’t want the exposure reducing. Using the brush tool itself, I brought down the exposure on the lawn area at the front too. Then I converted to black and white and using the split toning, added a bit of colour back into it. Finally I reduced the clarity but masked the area around the porch so this would retain a higher clarity.
I hope you like my interpretation of Stacy’s image, please go and check out the other versions at Stacy’s One Photo Focus.