Georgetown, Washington, DC
It was one of the first beautiful weekends in DC following our long, drawn-out winter. I was determined to get in some practice with my camera. I was not disappointed, as Georgetown was hosting a street festival. This was one of my favorite photos from that day. In the original, I had captured a few people entering and leaving this restaurant, which really added to the image. But since they didn’t know I had photographed them, I didn’t feel comfortable posting the photo with them in it. The beauty of the “crop” tool…
For post-processing, I used a combination of Lightroom (this is where I do the bulk of my editing), Photoshop (mostly for spot removal and cloning), and two new programs for me, Color Efex Pro (I was able to neutralize the white of the marquee while keeping the warm tones in the rest of the photo and also bring in a higher level of contrast without losing detail) and Dfine (to separately adjust contrast and reduce color noise). These two programs are part of Google’s Nik Collection, a suite of external editing plug-ins for Lightroom. If you’re interested in checking them out for yourself, you can sign up for a two-week free trial.
Click on either of the images to see larger views and to more easily go back-and-forth between them.
A Few Words About After-Before Friday. Yup, I know the title is reversed, but I figured I would post my better photo first, followed by the original. And, yup, I know there’s no catchy alliteration as with Wordless Wednesday or Silent Sunday, though there are “f’s” in after, before, and Friday!
I always enjoy before-and-after photos. It’s interesting to see the creative post-processing choices of others and it’s a wonderful way to learn what can make photos better. Currently, I post-process to correct my exposure mistakes (and there are many). But as my skills with my camera improve (fingers crossed), I envision using post-processing to apply different creative choices to my photos. So I guess these posts will be a gauge of my progress.
I’ve been thinking about turning this into a weekly challenge at some point. Until then, if you want to “unofficially” participate, feel free to create your own after/before post and leave your link in a comment here.