This week, I’m taking a bit of a break and simply posting a before and after photo. I’m hoping this will encourage others who might otherwise be reluctant to participate to do the same!
Many thanks to this week’s participants, as without you, this Forum wouldn’t be … well, fun! If you wish to join the fun too, guidelines are on the After-Before Friday Forum page.
This photo was an experiment, both in “panning” and in using my new 35mm F1.8 lens. Not working with my 18-200 mm lens was a huge difference, and having to shoot this from across a traffic-heavy street took a bit of doing. But I was delighted with the clarity of the image due both to the lens and from (I think) doing a pretty good job with the technique. I did convert the photo to black and white to see what it looked like, but in the end, I like the color version better. Why? The red. The red of the cyclist’s backpack is echoed in the red of the woman’s purse, and of course, the red of the bike carries that theme through as well. The combination was, of course, pure luck! If you have any questions about the panning technique or what I did in post-processing, please feel free to ask in the comment section.
Submitted by Robin Kent — PhotographybyKent
Robin says: My submission to Stacy Fischer’s After-Before Friday Forum is a photograph I made last year along the Oregon coast. Thor’s Well is not in most guidebooks, and so the chances for being there all alone are pretty good. The shot was taken a few minutes before sunset, and an overcast sky above made the lighting flat as the “Before” image shows. But there was a little color from the west where the sun was setting and I was hoping to pull that out in post-processing. The “After” image was produced almost entirely with settings in Adobe Camera RAW. One additional tweak, a little hue/saturation, was added in Photoshop. The full details of the processing procedures are detailed in my post located here. Thanks again to Stacy for keeping this Forum on track and many thanks to all the other contributors.
Submitted by Loré Dombaj — Snow’s Fissures and Fractures
Loré says: Another gentle touch…The most important part in this week’s entry was cropping. It’s important to remember that you don’t have to make drastic changes to an image to get good results. I wanted to achieve an intimate, soft composition and I managed to do that by making a slight adjustment, bringing that first flower closer to the viewer and reducing all that visual noise in the background. By increasing shadows and contrast I got that soft, warm atmosphere. Post-processing was done in PicMonkey.
Submitted by Manal Ali — A Single Shutter
Manal says: This was taken at the top of Uhuru Park, which is located adjacent to the center of Nairobi. A short climb to the top and you are rewarded with a great city line view. There were a lot of birds flying around so I wanted to include them in the shot. It was a rather overcast day, so I decided to focus on this in the post processing, making the sky look moody.
Submitted by Katie Prior — Drawing with Light
Katie says: For this, my first foray into ABFriday, I have chosen an image I had taken of the evening sun captured in the smoke rays from a neighbour’s garden fire. As I felt my original image was too drab and didn’t really represent the scene, I used Lightroom 5 to increase contrast and boost definition, the overall aim was to create a more dramatic image.
Submitted by Benjamin Rowe — aperture64
Ben says: This week I wanted to create a special image for a couple whose wedding I photographed a few years ago. I decided to re-edit one of their wedding pictures to create a nice piece of wall art for them.
Submitted by Emilio Pasquale — Photos by Emilio
Emilio says: The weather service called for a 30% chance of rain. Coming in from the South west were individual puffy white clouds that had changed to a dark gray blanket of foreboding cloud cover by the time we were ready. We drove North, trying to get ahead of the storm, looking for patches of sun breaking through. The best we could do was about an hour north called Cold Creek, a few miles passed the Paiute Indian Reservation. My wife took the camera- set on automatic- and stepped out of the car to take this shot. The after photo is what she saw. The before image is what the camera saw!
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!
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