I wish this image was one of mine but, sadly, it is not. It is courtesy of Manal Ali at A Single Shutter. I only did the processing.
Stacy Fischer explains on her site Visual Venturing that “After-Before Friday (ABF) posts provide an opportunity for photographers (amateur and seasoned, alike) to share their photos, and if they wish, their post-processing decisions… The goal is to enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at others’ work while picking up helpful ideas along the way that each of us can use as we work with our own photos.
[T]he first Friday of each month is designated ABFriday One Photo Focus (1PF), when all participants post-process the same image.”
Please visit her blog for information on how to participate.
It will be interesting to see what Manal does with her own image. As for my interpretation…
I apologize that I did not have time this week to build a slide show of changes. There were a ton of them as I experimented. But basically I wanted to emphasize the wet look in my processing. So, to begin.
I straightened the converging lines of the image under Lens Profile in Lightroom. I then adjusted the whites, blacks, highlights, and shadows as I always do. I added a touch of clarity to break through the bit of haze or mist that permeated the image. I played with the white balance and chose “shade”- which added an overall yellow hue. Then I exported to Perfect Effects 9.
I added clouds because the sky was a very uninteresting dull gray. I also added some sharpening. I then exported back into Lightroom.
I added dark areas with the radial filter to sections of the windows on the tower to the right, then offset those areas with lighter, golden streaks again with the radial filter. I added highlights on all the buildings on the street, then went crazy adding yellow lights in the street lamp and golden highlights on the street and sidewalk. Finally, a slight vignette.
I know there can be any number of variations of this image but I am very happy with the way this processing turned out. Hope you like it. Please check out the rest of the submissions at Visual Venturing!
And please visit Monochromia for the some black and white fun.
And thanks again Manal. Hope you like what I’ve done!