Searching my archives, I came up with this image that was shot on the one day my new bride finally allowed me to leave the bedroom for a bathroom break during our honeymoon in Paris (that’s a part of France for those who do not travel much). Actually, those who follow my blog might remember that my wife and I stopped at a Costco in Illinois (part of the United States) on our wedding day so, of course I am lying. This photo is actually a detail of the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas (part of Nevada), where we live. Of course, we do not like to call it lying. Just creating a more exciting lifestyle than that to which we are accustomed.
As for my processing of the image itself, it remained in my archives because of the uninspiring sky- which was gray and lifeless. Not until I found that Perfect Effects 8 has 5 different sets of clouds that can be dropped into a photo that I decided to see what could be done. It took well over an hour- probably closer to two- as you can not just “drop in” an effect like this unless your building has straight lines or you have a horizon line you are working with. So, anyway, I did my regular workflow, which is to adjust the whites and blacks, highlights and shadows. This first always surprises me because the detail you are able to save (when you shoot in RAW) is just amazing. I then added contrast and clarity to sharpen the image, and luminence to diminish or soften any “grain”. I then exported the image into PE 8. I added more sharpness, and then started work on the sky. Since the existing sky was all gray, the layer of clouds I added showed up nicely. As I said before, I worked close to maybe two hours removing any overlap of this layer with the roof edge. It’s a painstaking process. When completed, I exported back into lightroom to add a vignette and a few light streaks with the radial filter to highlight the buildings.
So, there you have it. Before and after.
Thanks as always to Stacy of Visual Venturing for hosting this challenge week after week for 28 weeks so far (which is really only 27 weeks because she actually has a life and decided to enjoy Thanksgiving with her family!) Good thing Christmas is on a Thursday this year or…, wait. Thanksgiving was on a Thursday this year. OK, every year. What was really her excuse? And will there be a challenge on week 31?
Oh, the suspense….