OK – this is the first of the new before/after entries. It’s not a great image but I wanted to practice pulling out colour. I had been looking at Serge Ramelli recently and he has a nice consistent flow which may seem overdone to some but it has its place.
This is an image taken from the hip with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 24-70mm lens F2.8 at Wexford Golf Club in 2012.
ISO 800, 70mm, 1/50sec & F5.6 shot in RAW.
The image was 90% processed in Lightroom 5.3 with the following steps:
Minor adjustments with whites and blacks.
Temp 6405, Tint +25 Magenta
54% noise removal, 43% sharpening
Local adjustments on the plant by increasing exposure, contrast, saturation, clarity & vibrance slightly.
Gradient from the top to darken the sky and add tint (+47 Magenta), Highlights -49, Shadow -15, Noise -59
OK – info overload.
I had to bring this into Photoshop to reduce the noise further, noise which surprised me but the 100% shifts in highlights and shadows were bound to have an effect. Reduced noise using Imagenomic Noiseware. Applied a sharpening technique called Octave Sharpening courtesy of Ciaran Whyte and added a mask derived from the blue channel. Then a 1px stroke and new signature.
I’m tired now!! Next time I don’t think I’ll be as detailed but you could tell me that.
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