After Before Friday: week 33

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!

Many years ago, I did an evening Adult Ed class on photography and in it we did a bit about developing film and processing in the darkroom. I came across some of the prints that I made from this time, there really aren’t many as we didn’t spend a lot of time in the darkroom, but I was interested to see if they would stand being scanned onto the computer. Amazingly, the couple I scanned didn’t look too bad and so I imported one into Lightroom to see if I could clean up the image a bit.


Looking at the picture, it was not quite straight, it has some weird thing going on in the bottom right corner and the traffic sign was rather distracting.

Starburst building - workflow-42

I cropped and straightened the image to remove the light reflections from the bottom right corner and to remove a bit of the pavement in the foreground. I also slightly increased the exposure and reduced the black clipping and the highlights, but the image still felt a little harsh. Seeing as I have been messing about with split toning the past few weeks, I thought I’d try it on this image to softening it slightly.

Starburst building - workflow-41

Going for cyan highlights and brown shadows, I adjusted the balance until I had a warmer, sepia-like tone. It helps make the starburst effect less harsh too.

Then using the clone and heal tool, I removed the sign and cleaned up a few spots in the picture. A post crop vignette and the image was finished.





Why not go and have a look at the other ABFriday images on Stacy’s blog.


Switching on the Lights

Christmas carols and mince pies accompanied the switching on of the Christmas tree lights outside Victoria Hall in Saltaire.  A chance to try some outdoor photography for a change. Is it too early for Christmas photos?

This last one I tried out in black and white for Leanne Cole and Laura Macky’s Monochrome Madness. I hope you can still feel the atmosphere despite losing the colourful Christmas lights.

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Days out with my camera: Newstead Abbey: part one

Newstead Abbey, a former Augustinian monastery in Nottinghamshire has an interesting history. It was founded by Henry II as a priory in the 12th century, became a private residence during the dissolution of the monasteries in the 16th century and was the ancestral home of the poet Lord Byron.

Visit here if you wish to know more about Newstead Abbey and its history.