Happy Anniversary Stacy!!!
For June’s One Photo Focus, we’re celebrating the one-year anniversary of ABFriday and the six-month anniversary of 1PF by post-processing one of Stacy’s own photos! I can’t wait to see what havoc my cohorts have wreaked on her fine photo. Please go check out all the versions on her site Visual Venturing!
My wife and I were traveling the Chicken’s Neck, a narrow stretch of land located in West Bengal, when we came across this home so totally out of character with the rest of the India territory that we begged the bus driver to stop and allow us to take a few pictures. Behind the house, cattle grazed freely; cows, sheep, goats, and one water buffalo. Aakar and Tamanna the owners, invited us to spend the night but we had to…. OK, OK! AS I said above, it’s one of Stacy’s own photos. You can’t blame me for wanting to take credit for it, though. (And my story is much more entertaining!)
Stacy has stated: “…what I’ve chosen is a very overexposed image of the Mork and Mindy house in Boulder, Colorado. While some may be unfamiliar with “Mork and Mindy,” an American sitcom that ran from 1978-1982, I’m certain all have heard of Robin Williams, its young comedic star. This Boulder landmark became a memorial for Mr. Williams upon his tragic death in August 2014.”
I imported Stacy’s RAW file into Lightroom and clicked on Enable Lens Profile (which gets rid of any lens distortion), Chromatic Aberration (which removes any color outline on objects), and Upright Perspective (which straightens the image).
Lens Profile, Chromatic Aberration, Upright Perspective
I then proceeded with my usual workflow of adjusting the shadows and highlights, and also the black and white clipping.
Shadows and Highlights, Black and White clipping
I then lowered the overall exposure by 1 stop, brought up the clarity by +25, and got rid of the blue saturation to turn the sky gray.
Exposure, Clarity, Blue Saturation
I then exported into Perfect Effects 9 to add clouds in the sky. Obviously I really dislike a clear blue sky in photos!
Back in Lightroom, I added a radial filter to adjust the exposure on the porch, then clarity and contrast.
Radial Filter, clarity and contrast
I then used the East Brunswick Preset that Stacy sent to me when I told her I loved what it did on one of her images.
East Brunswick Preset
I then lowered the overall exposure by -1.3
I added a highlight streak on the upstairs windows with one Radial Filter.
I then added highlights on the walkways and separately on all the lower porch windows.
Brush Filter highlights
One Photo Focus is a once a month challenge wherein all participants submit their post-processed version of the same pre-selected image. This month, the image was After Before Friday’s own Stacy Fischer, who is celebrating the one year anniversary of ABF and the six month celebration of 1PF. Please visit the rest of the submissions for this week here and join in next time for either After-Before Friday or One Photo Focus.
Please click on any of the images above to view a larger version!