As you might have noticed, this is not for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge (though I could have a bit of fun here). This is for Stacy’s After-Before Friday Challenge. These women seem to love a challenge. You should join in. The rules are boring but you gotta have rules in a challenge. And they’re not too difficult, though I do tend to make my own rules occasionally which leads to Stacy pulling her hair out. Which reminds me, I have added a poll at the very end of this post just to annoy you even further. It is mandatory that you respond, otherwise something unforeseen will happen to you in the following week. You have been warned!
OK, the before:
This shot was taken looking through the window of a bar at around 9 am on a Sunday morning. The bar was closed. See? Even in Las Vegas there is a sense of propriety. I stopped to admire the window dressing; all the colored bottles lined up on the glass topped bar and lit from below, the cleanliness and orderliness of the place, the lights left on to entice any passers-by to come back when the bar is open! Anyway, this was shot as part of my series on the hotels and casinos of the Las Vegas Strip. This is a separate, enclosed bar within the Mandalay Bay Casino.
And the after:
This was a relatively easy processing- as my processing goes.
Image #1 is the straight out of camera shot (SOOC for all you camera nerds).
In #2 I have played with the white balance to remove the over-saturated orange/yellow hue. I also straightened the image and removed some reflections off the window I was shooting through.
In #3 I brought down the highlights, opened the shadows, then adjusted the blacks and whites and added clarity for a bit of contrast and snap!
In #4 I reduced the saturation even more, reduced the noise (and there was a lot of noise!), enabled lens profile- which corrected the slight curvature of the lens- and added a vignette.
#5 shows a reduction in the luminance and saturation in the purple of the bottles, I reduced even further the orange/yellow hue, adjusted the angle a bit more, and removed some minor light reflections on the glass. I also croppped the image a bit tighter.
At this point (#6) I exported into Perfect Effects 9 and adjusted the sharpness and contrast.