ABFriday Week 51

Prompts and Challenges
AFTER

AFTER

I love my wife. But sometimes she has no idea what she is talking about! This is the one time even Lynn (my wife, the little woman)  is happy I didn’t listen to her.

I was leaning against the car which was parked on the side of the road, just setting up my shot of this old gas station. Lynn wanted me to wait until this girl and her dog passed through. I got about 6 shots off before they entered the frame, and half a dozen more after they walked through the set up. And which shot do you think my wife and I both selected as our favorite?

BEFORE

BEFORE

Opening this photo in Lightroom, I Enabled Lens Profile (which corrects any lens distortion), Removed Chromatic Aberration (which removes any colored lines around the outlines of objects), and cropped the angle (so that the subject did not seem to be going uphill).

Enable Lens Profile, Remove Chromatic Aberration, Crop Angle

I then adjusted the Highlights and Shadows, Blacks and Whites, added some Clarity, and backed off on the color Saturation by -10.

Highlights, Shadows, Blacks, Whites, Clarity, -10 Saturation

I then exported into Perfect Effects 9 and added an HDR type preset at 50% and added Dynamic Contrast.

HDR type Preset at 50%, Dynamic Contrast

I then re-adjusted the angle of the crop, added Noise Reduction and a Post Crop Vignette.

Noise Reduction, Post Crop Vignette

At this point I added a Graduated Filter on the clouds to bring out some contrast and clarity and open up the shadows.

Graduated Filter on clouds

I then opened up the shadows in the gas station with a Radial Filter and, with the same Radial Filter added highlights on the ground under and in front of the girl and dog.

Radial Filter highlights on gas station and on ground

I added a second Radial Filter for highlights across the gas station and the side and upper corner of the metal shed.

Radial Filter for second highlight on gas station and on metal shed

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I then used the Adjustment Brush to add yellow highlights to the clouds!

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Adjustment Brush on clouds

I toned down the highlights in the clouds and added a Radial Filter to heighten the lighting in the center of the final image!

AFTER

AFTER

So, I hope you’ve enjoyed and will return next week for the ABFriday One Photo Focus where we all work on the same photo and come up with our own interpretations.

Thanks, as always, to Stacy of Visual Venturing for hosting this every week. Please visit her and check out all the other enthusiasts who love talking about their work. Just click here! (But don’t get us all in the same room at once!) 🙂

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One Four Challenge – May Week 4

Prompts and Challenges

There are rules and regulations for submissions to Robyn’s One Four Challenge, but then there are rules and regulations to almost everything in life. Robyn’s are relatively harmless and easy to follow. So why not give it a try? They are below!

As I stated last week, and the week before, and the week before that, I wanted to process my chosen image in variations of a vintage feel. I always begin by opening in Lightroom and proceed with my usual workflow of adjusting the highlights and shadows, blacks and whites, and cropping the image. Somewhere in there I also play with noise reduction, clarity and remove chromatic aberration. I then exported into Perfect Effects 9 and used one of their Light Leak presets. I liked the effect but the colors were too harsh so I imported back to Lightroom and added a split tone, then desaturated. Not bad, if I do say so myself.

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 All 4 weekly versions are at the end of this post.

Please visit Robyn’s Captivate Me for all the other One Four Challenge submissions and as for the rules and regulations, see below:

About the challenge and how it works:

This challenge is about processing 1 image in 4 different ways over 4 weeks.

We will all  process / post edit (our own chosen image) and share a different version each week.

Process it however you like… and tell us a bit about it. You don’t have to show the original image unless you’d like to.  (I’m going to show mine in week 4 along with the 4 variations from the month).

Try new things, experiment.  Be as creative or subtle as you wish to be.

Each week starts again on Monday (Aussie time) and closes off the following Sunday (at the end of the day), so there is a whole week for you to create your post, link up here and tag your post.

This is a ongoing challenge. We will do the 1st four Mondays of the month.  If there are 5 Mondays in a month – we’ll still only post on 4.

Please TAG with One Four Challenge – thanks so much.

As well as a link (to my blog post) in your own post – would you mind leaving your post link on my blog post too please – in comments if you could – this way we are aware of everyone’s blog posts. Thank you!

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ABFriday Week 50

Prompts and Challenges
AFTER

AFTER

Is it possible to be “spont” – spontaneous – if you know where you’re going?

My wife and I usually just hop into the car and drive without really knowing where we’ll end up. As mentioned in a previous post, we call this being spont. But this weekend I told my wife I wanted to return to Oatman AZ, a touristy “ghost” town that has staged (at least, I hope they’re staged) Old West shoot outs at 1:30 and 3:30 on weekends. When we got there on Saturday at around 5:30, the tourists were gone and most shops were already closed up. All that remained were the wild burros that freely roam the town.

BEFORE

BEFORE

Opening this photo in Lightroom, I first adjusted the highlights, shadows, whites and blacks. I also added some clarity and removed the blue cast in the windows and on the leaves of the tree that were backlit against the sky. I then cropped and straightened the photo:

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I then exported to Perfect Effects 9 and added 7 separate filters to add texture, contrast, and a golden hour glow. They were: bleach bypass, color enhancer, dynamic contrast, grunge, HDR, sharpening, and sunshine.

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Because Perfect Effects 9 is sometimes unstable, I went back into Lightroom at this point to remove the white hose or pipe that extended from the foundation of the house to the lower right corner of the image with the spot removal brush.

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I then re-adjusted the highlights, shadows, whites, blacks and lowered the clarity.

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At this point I went back into PE 9 to add my ubiquitous clouds.

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To finish up, back in Lightroom I re-cropped and lowered the clarity even more, then added a graduated filter to darken the sky. I then added highlights with the the radial filter on the side of the house and trunks of the tree.

Oatman9-With the adjustment brush I lightened the parts of the tree that were affected by the graduated filter when I darkened the sky. And there you have it!

AFTER

AFTER

Thanks, as always, to Stacy of Visual Venturing for hosting this every week. Please visit her and check out all the other enthusiasts who love talking about their work- like me! 🙂 Just click here!

(you should be able to click on any of the images above to see them in greater detail.)

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One Four Challenge – May Week 3

Prompts and Challenges

The rules and regulations for submissions to Robyn’s One Four Challenge are below. Now, let’s not complain. We all need rules and regulations. Please take a second to read them after you ooh and ahh over my image. If you don’t ooh and aah over my image, please read the rules and regulations anyway.

As I stated last week, I wanted to process my chosen image in variations of a vintage feel. I began by opening in Lightroom and proceeded with my usual workflow of adjusting the highlights and shadows, blacks and whites, and cropping the image. Somewhere in there I also played with noise reduction, clarity and remove chromatic aberration. I then exported into Fotosketcher and used their preset. I was trying for a Norman Rockwell type illustration from his Saturday Night Post illustrations (wow, sometimes I just amaze myself with the all the trivia floating around in my head). Hope you like it!

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I’m not usually very good at explaining myself- what I’ve done and why I’ve done it. I just hope you like the results. Please visit Robyn’s Captivate Me for all the other One Four Challenge submissions and as promised, see below:

About the challenge and how it works:

This challenge is about processing 1 image in 4 different ways over 4 weeks.

We will all  process / post edit (our own chosen image) and share a different version each week.

Process it however you like… and tell us a bit about it. You don’t have to show the original image unless you’d like to.  (I’m going to show mine in week 4 along with the 4 variations from the month).

Try new things, experiment.  Be as creative or subtle as you wish to be.

Each week starts again on Monday (Aussie time) and closes off the following Sunday (at the end of the day), so there is a whole week for you to create your post, link up here and tag your post.

This is a ongoing challenge. We will do the 1st four Mondays of the month.  If there are 5 Mondays in a month – we’ll still only post on 4.

Please TAG with One Four Challenge – thanks so much.

As well as a link (to my blog post) in your own post – would you mind leaving your post link on my blog post too please – in comments if you could – this way we are aware of everyone’s blog posts. Thank you!

One Four Challenge – May Week 2…

Prompts and Challenges

…and Week 1. OK, I’m a little late to the party. But you guys looked like you were having so much fun so I decided, why should I be spending this time at work, trying to look busy? So, I hope you don’t mind me crashing!

A copyIn keeping with the subject matter of my chosen image, I want to try to keep all my variations  to more of a vintage feel. My Week 1 was processed with my usual work flow- adjust highlights and shadows, blacks and whites, and cropped. Then I exported into Perfect Effects 9 and cheated with their presets: Rice Paper Texture, Vintage, and Vignette.

A copy1Week Two was the exact same work flow, then into Perfect Effects 9 where I added a black and white preset at 50%so that the color seems faded. Then a Crumpled Paper Texture and Grunge Vignette.

Hope you like them!

Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge- January 1945

Prompts and Challenges

Lynne Ayers of Beyond The Brush Photography  invited me to take part in the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge.  Thanks, Lynne! The challenge is  to “post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge”. Day 5:

Queen Marie Bow

Queen Mary Bow

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So now I’m supposed to invite someone else to join in the fun. That’s easy, I nominate Raewyn of Decocraftsdigicrafts. No obligation, Raewyn!

 

Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge- My Immigration Story

Prompts and Challenges

Lynne Ayers of Beyond The Brush Photography  invited me to take part in the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge.  Thanks, Lynne! The challenge is  to “post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge”. Day 4:

My Immigration Story

My Immigration Story

My father was heading to work when the immigration was waiting for him. They had a warrant for him. They took him even though he has been living here for 40+ years. Now he can’t see his newborn grandson, nor me or my brother including my little sister. He paid all of his taxes and did everything by the books. I just can’t believe this is what we call justice in America. This isn’t the land of the free anymore. My father is my role model. He raised me and my older brother by himself. I just can’t believe how they can do this to an innocent man. He’s been in the immigration holding facilities for a year now! ~~ Alejandro’s Story

So now I’m supposed to invite someone else to join in the fun. That’s easy, I nominate Janet of This, That, And The Other Thing. No obligation, Janet!

 

Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge- Get Your Kicks

Prompts and Challenges

Lynne Ayers of Beyond The Brush Photography  invited me to take part in the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge.  Thanks, Lynne! The challenge is  to “post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge”. Day 3:

Get Your Kicks On Route 66

Get Your Kicks On Route 66

The day after my grandfather died, I did not go to work.  I got in the car and took a trip by myself- my wife being out of town. I drove over 100 miles south east to Kingman AZ and from there, took Route 66 on a photo expedition. At that end of the old highway there are only a few broken down buildings and old signs. But I did get one or two shots that I like. This is one of them. I was trying to find a link, a connection, to my grandfather and this photo. The name of the motel is El Trovatore.  In Italian, Il Trovatore meansThe Troubador.

My grandfather could not sing!

So now I’m supposed to invite someone else to join in the fun. That’s easy, I nominate Torrie of A.PROMPTreply.  No obligation, Torrie!

 

ABFriday Week 48

Prompts and Challenges
AFTER

AFTER

Another example of my wife and I being “spont”; spontaneous. Just hopping into the car and driving without really knowing where we’ll end up. We seem to be gravitating towards Death Valley lately, while the temperature is still moderate. We were hoping to find desert wildflowers, which bloom abundantly in the spring. But we were told we were a week too late. Anyone who has been following me might remember I don’t really like photos of flowers so it is just as well. We did find this old, abandoned building touched by fire, though, and I was in my glory!

My wife stayed in the car!

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BEFORE

Opening this photo in Lightroom, I first adjusted the white balance, adding just a touch of magenta:

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I then cropped and straightened the photo:

Then, my usual workflow, adjusting the highlights, shadows, whites and blacks. I also added some clarity hoping the bricks of the building would pop a bit:

I then exported to Perfect Effects 9 and desaturated the colors by adding a grunge filter and lowering it to 50%. Of course it is pretty obvious that I also added clouds:

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Back in Lightroom, I added a graduated filter to darken the road, angling it so it would not touch the building and another to darken the sky a bit. With the spot removal brush, I got rid of the yellow divider on the road:

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Then I had to use the brush to open up the shadows in the right corner where the graduated filter darkened the mountains and trees:

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I added a post crop vignette around the edges of the photo and radial filter highlights on the brick wall for accent:

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I then adjusted the overall exposure one last time and:

AFTER

Thanks, as always, to Stacy of Visual Venturing for hosting this every week. You really should try it at least once- even if you only make one adjustment during processing. And check out all the other enthusiasts who love talking about their work- like me! 🙂 Just click here!

Hope we (I) do not bore you!

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