Well, I’ve been having a lot of fun with being the runner-up to Karen’s winning submission! I wanted to wax philosophical about my loss and looked up a few quotes. They are, in no particular order;
“The biggest thing I learned from losing? Winning’s better.” Ted Turner
“Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser.” Vince Lombardi
“Second place is just the first place loser.” Dale Earnhardt
Since everyone was processing the same photo this week, my first inclination was to go way over the top so that, I admit it, my version would stand out from the crowd. But this is not really about me, is it? It’s about Karen’s winning image and Stacy’s winning blog. So I held back. Really.
I began with my normal work flow in Lightroom of working with the highlights, shadows, whites, and blacks. Then I added contrast and clarity. I added a slight blue tint to the water. Then I used the radial filter to throw a few highlights on the buildings and make the lighting a bit more dramatic. I inserted more clouds into the sky in Perfect Effects 8 because there were areas that were totally blown out . I might have gone a bit overboard here. Back in Lightroom I tilted the buildings slightly and then cropped. Last was a slight vignette.
Hope you enjoy.
“Just because I lost doesn’t make me a loser.” Emilio Pasquale
We have Stacy Fischer of Visual Venturing to thank for 6 months of fun, though I’ve only been contributing for maybe two months. But I’m sure everybody who joined in had fun!
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