6 galleries from 6 photographers this week. Many thanks to all. We’d love to have you join us. No need to write a post if you don’t want to – you can simply submit a before and after photo. It would be fun just to see the transformation! Guidelines are on the After-Before Friday Forum page.
My submission: This week, I am trying something new – a slide show of my post-processing choices to help those who can’t access the videos because of internet issues. I’ve captioned the images with a description of my adjustments made in Lightroom 5 (and a quick visit to Photoshop). I’d be interested to know whether you like this format better.
The photo I’m showcasing this week is one I took a year ago at the Inn at Little Washington, in Washington, Virginia. It was an overcast afternoon following a rainstorm when I shot this photo of the beautiful garden where afternoon tea is traditionally served. (This day, tea — or in our case, champagne! — was served indoors.) I wanted the focal point of the image to be the red bench, which helped to guide my post-processing.
Submitted by Robin Kent — PhotographybyKent
Robin says: My submission to Stacy Fischer’s After-Before Friday Forum was taken at Bodie State Historical Park in California. Bodie is a kind of preserved ghost town and, thanks to the leader of a photo workshop, our group of about ten photographers had the town to ourselves. The final image is actually two images merged in Photoshop. The color in the sky to the right was too good to crop out and I also wanted a little more of the building’s left side. The Before image here is one of the two original RAW files as it was downloaded. Almost all of the changes were made in Adobe Camera Raw, followed by the Photomerge in Photoshop, then a minor tweak in Photoshop resulting in the After image shown here. More details on the processing and the town of Bodie can be found here on my post. Thanks again to Stacy for keeping this forum running.
Submitted by Loré Dombaj — Snow’s Fissures and Fractures
Loré says: In the wake of last week’s failed experiment, I decided to put a little bit more effort to this week’s entry. It took me few hours playing with Gimp and I must admit it was a test of my patience replacing all that area around the boat. First I cropped the image, which gave me a good starting point. The biggest things was to replace the docking area with the sea. I don’t know if it is easier in some other program, but it was a long process, especially when I came close to the boat. When I finished the image, I still didn’t quite like it, because it was too grainy. So, I softened the image a little bit, lost some details, but camouflaged all the grainy area, especially the sails.
Submitted by Manal Ali — A Single Shutter
Manal says: This was taken at Blue Hour, at the River Thames. I actually took this photograph as part of a set of time-lapse footage, that proved to be unusable. However it did mean that I had a lot of choices to choose from. I edited the photograph using Adobe Camera Raw. My aim was not to heavily edit the photograph but just make sure that the colours popped and that the image was sharp.
Submitted by Benjamin Rowe — aperture64
Ben says: This week for the before and after forum I have decided to step away from Photoshop and share a picture from my phone, take edited and then shared. Enjoy!
Submitted by Jaime Perez — My Photolanguage
Jaime says: This week, just practicing with layer mask. The photo is of a rural traditional family from a Venezuelan Andina little town called “Los Nevados.”
My inclusion of this second gallery of my photos is a workaround for the WordPress mobile Reader, which I discovered last week does not post my chosen featured image but seemingly the last image in the last gallery of the post. I don’t want to take credit for anyone else’s work, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this will work.
Please click on the links of those who contributed this week, to read about their post-processing steps and/or to see what other treasures they have on their blogs. They’d love to have you visit!
So what do you think of the ABFriday forum?
Feel free to leave your thoughts and suggestions in the comment section. And don’t forget to view the guidelines if you want to participate. I’d love to have you onboard!