I’m in a very privileged position this week- or at least I feel like I am. Not because this is one of my own images but because I, alone, know the story behind it. You see, my wife and I had spotted these trucks on the side of the 15 freeway in Northern Utah. We were on our way to visit friends at the time. Two days later, on our way back home, I was almost arrested and sent up the river for innocently trespassing. And endangering my own safety. Please let me explain! We had pulled onto the dirt shoulder of the road. I got out and trudged through mud and soggy leaves while alongside me cars whizzed by at 80 to 90 mph, and then some. In the middle of setting up the shot, it seemed as if all traffic noise stopped. The ground, as well as the trucks and all surrounding shrubbery, were being illuminated by first red, then blue, then white light. A police car with flashing lights had coasted to a stop right behind me. The cop called me over and asked if I was in need of assistance. He was probably being sarcastic as he could see the camera in my hands. I told him we were fine. He said he didn’t want to see me the next time he came around and then he drove off. The part about me almost being arrested and sent up the river? OK, that part I made up! Call it poetic license.
When someone gets technical concerning their post processing, I tend to gloss over. Yes, I’m interested. But if I don’t use the same apps as they do, I am totally lost. So I will try to keep everything simple and still give you a sense of how I achieve my finished product- whether you think it good or not.
I first adjusted the black and white balance, shadows and highlights. On this particular image I adjusted the exposure almost a full stop. Though I liked the sky, it did not add anything to the image so I cropped tighter to the trucks, then added clarity, smoothed the luminance (which tends to soften the edges), then used the spot removal brush to remove the blue cord in the lower left, the block in front of the blue truck, and the wire fence in the lower right. I then imported to Perfect Effects 9 to add sharpness, more saturation, and a final vignette to darken the corner and edges and focus the attention. I was not satisfied with my results so imported the processed image into FotoSketcher, which is a free app that replicates several types of painting and sketching textures. Hence, the finished product!
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