I love my wife. But sometimes she has no idea what she is talking about! This is the one time even Lynn (my wife, the little woman) is happy I didn’t listen to her.
I was leaning against the car which was parked on the side of the road, just setting up my shot of this old gas station. Lynn wanted me to wait until this girl and her dog passed through. I got about 6 shots off before they entered the frame, and half a dozen more after they walked through the set up. And which shot do you think my wife and I both selected as our favorite?
Opening this photo in Lightroom, I Enabled Lens Profile (which corrects any lens distortion), Removed Chromatic Aberration (which removes any colored lines around the outlines of objects), and cropped the angle (so that the subject did not seem to be going uphill).
I then adjusted the Highlights and Shadows, Blacks and Whites, added some Clarity, and backed off on the color Saturation by -10.
I then exported into Perfect Effects 9 and added an HDR type preset at 50% and added Dynamic Contrast.
I then re-adjusted the angle of the crop, added Noise Reduction and a Post Crop Vignette.
At this point I added a Graduated Filter on the clouds to bring out some contrast and clarity and open up the shadows.
I then opened up the shadows in the gas station with a Radial Filter and, with the same Radial Filter added highlights on the ground under and in front of the girl and dog.
I added a second Radial Filter for highlights across the gas station and the side and upper corner of the metal shed.
I then used the Adjustment Brush to add yellow highlights to the clouds!
I toned down the highlights in the clouds and added a Radial Filter to heighten the lighting in the center of the final image!
So, I hope you’ve enjoyed and will return next week for the ABFriday One Photo Focus where we all work on the same photo and come up with our own interpretations.
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