The Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort was the first structure built by people of European blood fifty years before Las Vegas became what Las Vegas is today. Interesting that the Old Mormons pitched their tents or parked their buggies just down the block from what is now known as The Strip, a mecca that provides fun and variety to all you sinners!
So listen close. I’m only going to say this once. Maybe my wife was right. Yes, I know. I use that qualifier “maybe” because then again maybe she wasn’t. All I know is that she’ll never hear me say it.
I had been working on this Before image in Lightroom; adjusting the lens profile and upright perspective, removing chromatic aberration, cropping, and removing the hose that whips around the bottom of the tree. Then I adjusted the highlights, shadows, white and black clipping. This is what I got:
OK, so not so bad. But what I wanted was to show the effect of the desert heat on anything left out in the sun year after year! After year! So I exported the image into Perfect Effects 9 and added 8 separate filters- among them, Dynamic Contrast, HDR, and Sharpening, all at 50%. Then I imported back to Lightroom, reducing and adjusting the color. This took me a good hour but I was pleased as punch at the outcome:
So I asked my wife to take a look, expecting her to stroke my ego and tell me how perfectly I had captured the feeling I was after. You fool! Her only explanation was, “you lost the golden hour color”! I tried to explain my intent but to no avail. So, in order to please her, I went back into PE 9 and, after only adding 6 filters this time- among them color and tone enhancers- I came out with:
Now, the tree was too dark for her. I tried explaining that the tree was not the focus of the picture (you don’t get away with calling it an image with her. It’s a picture. Maybe a photo. But never an image!). She was having none of it. So back in I go. My final attempt to please her was:
And then I went to bed!
And then I went to bed!
They say two heads are better than one. I’m not quite sure under what circumstance that would be. Certainly not when trying to create Art (notice the capital ‘A’). But at least I did not have to sleep alone!
Please visit Stacy’s Visual Venturing for more post processing fun! This is a weekly photo challenge that anyone is invited to attempt no matter your skill or level of competence (or ego)! And it’s fun. Most times. Next week, the first Friday of each month, we all get to play with the same photo submitted by one of us. No holds barred!