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.
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:
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.
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.
I then re-adjusted the highlights, shadows, whites, blacks and lowered the clarity.
At this point I went back into PE 9 to add my ubiquitous clouds.
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.
(you should be able to click on any of the images above to see them in greater detail.)