Only 5 days left to choose the one photo you would like to see post-processed by 11 different photographers. Visit ABFriday Week 23 for all the details, photos, and poll, and then check back next Friday to find out which one was chosen!
For today’s post, we welcome another photographer to the Forum — Shane Francescut of The Weekly Minute. If you wish to join in, guidelines are on the After-Before Friday Forum page. As always, thanks to all for this week’s wonderful after-before galleries!
My submission: Last week, I traveled to San Francisco where, with the help of a wonderful guide and his 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, I captured this shot of The Palace of Fine Arts (15mm, 8 sec at F/11, ISO 200, 6:22am). You’ll be seeing many more photos from my sunset and sunrise shoots in the weeks to come, but in the spirit of the season, I chose this photo with its Halloween “glow” for today’s Forum.
Update 03 Nov 2014
In response to Loré’s comment that she preferred the darker original image, I revisited my original post-processing choices. With a fresh set of eyes, I realized I had done two things to the original photo that made it a weaker “after” image: (1) I cropped it to center the Palace, and (2) I changed to a cooler white balance. I reverted to the image size and warmer white balance of the original image, and yes, I did decrease the exposure just a bit from my first “after” image. Thanks, Loré, for being honest and speaking up. You helped me end up with an image I am much happier with – I hope you like it better too!
Submitted by Robin Kent — PhotographybyKent
Robin says: This week, I thought I would go back in time and pull out an image taken with my first digital camera, a Nikon D70, about two months after I had purchased it. The subject is a classic location: Mont Saint-Michel on the Normandy coast in France. This image was essentially a reject; until this week, it had remained untouched since it was downloaded to my hard drive in July 2004. Moreover, it is in JPEG format. Back then, I thought RAW only signified something uncooked. The “Before” image here is the unretouched original. The “After” image was processed in Photoshop using only the Camera Raw Filter. Details on the processing can be found at my post here.
Submitted by Shane Francescut — The Weekly Minute
Shane says: This image was taken while practising a two-light lighting setup in my home office. The aim was to create a soft but slightly dramatic look using one softbox on me, and one bare flash on the background to help create some separation between me and the background. I then processed the RAW file in Adobe Lightroom 5.
Visit Shane’s post to read about his post-processing.
Submitted by Loré Dombaj — Snow’s Fissures and Fractures
Loré says: Just a simple exercise for this week. I wanted to see how close I could get to accentuate some details. So, basically I was going to crop till I drop. I love how this turned out, my crazy dog in my face. Or the other way around. I was dangling a dog treat with one hand while shooting with the other, hence the awkward angle.
Submitted by Katie Prior — Drawing with Light
Katie says: This week, I have chosen an image that I took in Leeds city centre earlier in the year. In Leeds there are many beautiful, old buildings, this is the top one of the department stores. However, unless you climb to the top of the opposite building and hang out the window (I’m pretty sure you’re not allowed!) the photo has to be taken from the ground and unless you have a tilt-shift lens, the image you get will have converging verticals and seem compressed and totally out of proportion. This is often used to great effect, but with this old clocktower, it just didn’t seem right. Before totally dismissing the shot as trash, I thought I’d experiment with the lens adjustments in Lightroom.
Submitted by Cee Neuner — Cee’s Photography
Visit Cee’s post for her post-processing tips.
Submitted by Janice Meyers Foreman — jmeyersforeman photography
Visit Janice’s post for her post-processing tips.
Submitted by Benjamin Rowe — aperture64
Ben says: This week I have tried to create a spooky image of a forest, I will let you decide if I succeeded.
Submitted by Manal Ali — A Single Shutter
Manal says: This photograph was taken at Bamburi Beach in Mombasa. It was initially raining the entire morning so a trip to the beach seemed out of the cards, but then there was a reprieve for a while which meant a trip was possible. I used a monochrome edit because I was trying to reflect the rolling clouds in the sky and somber tones.
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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