Gaining a fascination with street photography again…and with the toning of images. This image I wanted to dull the tones for a more cinematographic effect just to practice. I spent a lot of time trying and got it somewhere near where I wanted it…then said to hell with that and converted to B&W which is what Street Photography should be about.
So in Lightroom I got the profile for the camera corrected, rotated clockwise slightly and gave a 50% pre sharpen.
On to lightroom I did a little bit of noise reduction and played with the tones with the following setup…probably too many layers there but we tried.
I then used Dan Margulis “Sharpen 2013″ action which I find to be the best there is for sharp sharp without halos. Give it a try yourself and thanks Dan!
Finally added a Black fill layer set to “Colour”, added the framing and signature.
A well known spot in Wexford is the Crescent. A well photographed spot but this is no different to any other images from the same spot. The difference in this one is the processing that it went through to get to the final image.
15sec, f/11, ISO200, 24mm
Enable Lens Profile
Cropped the angle to straighten
Temp 2.6K, Tint +21 Magenta
Highlights -100, Shadows +100
Clarity +29, Vibrance +36, Saturation +5, Contrast +38
Added graduated filter to remove flare from water spot.
Added more contrast using the Selective Colour Layer using only White, Midtone & Blacks.
Cropped away bottom left and the railing from the right.
Added a layer and changed mode to Multiply and filtered the buildings to enhance the foreground.
Sharpened and added the signature.
By now you should be able to work out my workflow from earlier posts – for the moment I’ve been following a consistent workflow.
This image was bland. It was a foggy morning with no colour. But there was some colour so it was only a matter of boosting what was there and adding what you’d imagine was there. A little contrast/clarity adjustments, a touch of brightening in the centre of the image to help the perceptio of depth and sharpening in Photoshop with the signature.
Hope you like the transformation.
This was a nice summers day by an abandoned house in a remote area. Only tractors in the distance and local birds to hear, it was a nice serene spot.
They say you can’t shoot around mid-day because the sunlight is too bright. Yeah??
OK, for this processing I followed a common path…you’ll see this frequently. Not because I don’t know any different but it just works.
Added a gradient to the sky to push a little towards magenta, reduce exposure, increase shadows, increase saturation and nudged clarity.
I then got the local adjustment brush to bring up the exposure in the shadow areas either side of the wall.
The framing didn’t look good so I cropped a bit from the bottom.
Global decrease in clarity by -5, increased contrast by 14, and added a little sharpening. did a few profile adjustments for the lens/camera combination.
The usual adjustment for highlights & shadows but only 5% each. Colour boost by subtraction (see colour theory to understand this one). Sharpening by creating a mask for the shadows from the green channel and added the signature.