(If you wish to see the revised, completed, version of this edit, please visit my Flickr account here.)
Well, as I mentioned, I was thinking of changing my weekly posting of In Retrospect (where I take archived photos and re-do the processing) and I have decided that it will become a monthly post, alternating with some of my newer work and also with a Before and After post once a month where I discuss the processing I go through on the featured image. Please don’t think I’m saying my processing is anything special. I just used to enjoy Stacey Fischer’s ABF (After Before Friday) which has been defunct for about a year now and I thought I’d like to resurrect it. If anyone would like to join in, just add a link in the comments section below. OK?
So, the image above was taken in Soldier Summit Utah when my wife and I were returning from a Halloween trip to visit family. This was one of the images that didn’t turn out quite right as the sky was drastically overexposed.
So, last night, having nothing else to do (not true- I could have read either of the two books I am now reading; The Winter Fortress by Neal Bascomb, or Fantasyland by Kurt Andersen) or watch Netflix (Alias Grace, Glow, or Wanted). Instead I wanted to see what I could get out of this image. All processing was done in Lightroom with a slight detour into Topaz, and back. Let’s see if I can explain without losing you. If you don’t care to read the explanation, please jump to the bottom of this post to view the film strip.
So I had to lower the exposure by 3 and a half stops. Then I cropped the image and adjusted the whites, shadows, and brightness.
Then I moved the image into Topaz where I added an Equalize filter, an HDR filter and then added an overall brown tone.
Topaz has some great lighting effects, so I played around with a sunlight effect.
Back in Lightroom I added highlights to the barn and some of the weeds around the house with the Radial Filter, then added a vignette.
I added Contrast, Clarity, and a very subtle Split Tone to move the white balance more towards a golden hour feeling. Not very successfully, I might add. I also desaturated the blue sky and lightened it with the Luminance slider.
I worked with the Spot Removal tool to remove some of the harsh white in the clouds in the center of the image.
Then I got rid of the Contrast and most of the Clarity I had added.
I updated the Radial Filters to brighten the highlights.
Finally, I adjusted the overall Luminance to lighten the image.
And tried again to get a Golden Hour effect by adjusting the white balance. Again!
So there you have it. Let me know what you think. Please!