This image is my losing submission to Stacy’s After-Before Friday Anniversary Challenge for next week! I chose it because it was exposed for the sunlight highlights and looked as if it would be quite the test of our processing skills to pull something out of it. Last night, after a late dinner, abundant overeating on my part, and unable to go directly to bed, I opened up Lightroom. And, of course, there was this image! Haunting me, as it were. Two hours and 16 minutes later I came up with:
Because it had been so poorly exposed, my usual work flow (adjusting shadows, highlights, whites and blacks) brought in a lot of noise. I straightened the photo, deleted the bird and paraglider, the building, and light poles across the bottom of the photo. I then brought it into Perfect Effects 8 for Dynamic Contrast to cut through the fog. I believe I also used an HDR preset (P. E. 8 does not save any corrections), and a sunlight preset. Back in Lightroom I added a vignette and a split tone of yellow and blue to bring out some color in the image. I’m not 100% pleased with the finished product but I think it’s due to the noise- which prevents me from getting a really sharp image. I am happy with Lightroom and Perfect Effects 8, though. Almost ecstatic!
I want to thank Stacy Fischer for hosting Visual Venturing. Be sure to visit her site next Friday, November 14 for 11 versions of the same photo processed by 11 different contributors! And thanks to Karen Chengelis for appreciating my sense of humor (at least I think she appreciates it). Also, congratulations to her for submitting the winning image! (Beaten out by a mere woman. I’ll never live this down!)
And if you enjoy black and white photography, please visit Monochromia.