After Before Friday: Week 45

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.

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My photo this week is from a recent trip to the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, England. It is an amazing place, with rugged cliffs holding a treasure trove of fossils from millions of years ago. We were so close to the sea that in the evening, just as the sun was going down, I was able to steal out for half an hour and wander along the seafront with my camera.

Sea puddles at sunset-before

I was drawn to the lines and the light on the water in this image, but it felt a bit flat, the foreground was underexposed and the blue from the sky reflecting in the puddle made it too cold.

I used Lightroom’s graduated filter to increase the exposure in the foreground and bring out more detail of the ripples in the water. Setting the centre point of the filter about one third up the frame, I increased the exposure by about 2 stops until there was a more even tone. Then by playing with the white balance, I increased the temperature to about 5.7k to warm up the image and give it more of an evening sunshine look. Then a little cropping, a quick spot removal of a distracting reflection on the water and applying a slight post crop vignette brought me to my final image.

Sea puddles at sunset-after

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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!

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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.