After the fun of One Photo Focus, we’ve come back down to earth for our regularly scheduled program – ABFriday 🙂 If you would like to participate in February’s One Photo Focus and/or ABFriday in general, you’ll find all the details on the After-Before Friday Forum page. Come along and join us – we’re a pretty fun group!
My submission: I’ve begun to find the time to post-process some of the photos I took while on Christmas holiday. This week, I’ve already posted two from Castillo de San Cristóbal in San Juan for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadowed. I thought I’d stick with the theme and post a third shadowed image here. (Sorry, Emilio, you’ll have to wait until next week for the video on your One Photo Focus “truck” submission!) This is a photo of the troop quarters within this 17th century Spanish fortress overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The light and shadows were a must to shoot; the image, however, suffered from poor composition. While it’s much better to get it right in camera so as not to lose pixels, the short (yay!) video is mostly about the power of a good crop. I’d be interested to know if you would have cropped it differently.
UPDATE: Katie Prior, Drawing with Light, an ABFriday regular, suggested a vertical crop, removing the window and shutter and lining up the archways dead center. I love taking other’s suggestions and playing with them. I’ve updated my gallery with the second version based on Katie’s input. While I love the contrast and added texture the shutter brings to the horizontal crop, I really do like the almost square crop I’ve ended up with. Let me and Katie know what you think in the poll, below.
Submitted by Katie Prior — Drawing with Light
Katie says: This is one (of many) photos I took of this beautiful orchid plant. The original image was quite dark as I deliberately underexposed it so as to reduce camera movement, so the first thing I had to do was to increase the exposure..
Submitted by Max — Cardinal Guzman
Submitted by Janice Meyers Foreman — jmeyersforeman photography
Janice says: What started out as an excercise in street photography quick became an excercise in photo editing, and I thought it would be another good post for the after-before forum. While there were many things about the original image that I like there was much I didn’t like………
Submitted by Cee Neuner — Cee’s Photography
Submitted by Loré Dombaj — Snow’s Fissures and Fractures
Loré says: I had so much trouble with this image and I am still on the fence. I like the atmosphere, but I have my doubts about the cropping. I love the red color of the wood, but I lost the details of the handles. I’ll be posting another version on my blog and would appreciate your opinions.
Submitted by Mary Hone — Tales from the Backroad
Submitted by Michelle Lunato — Michelle Lunato Photography
Michelle says: I was going through some deployment photos, this time from Iraq, and decided to go with an aerial shot. I was in a helicopter over Baghdad and was intrigued by the city. I imagine it was once full of life and hope. I was there during the first Iraqi election (2005-2006), so the hope was building again. But, in the original shot, it looked quiet and hazy from the sand storm. I wanted to see what it would look like with a little more color. So, I played a little…
Submitted by Benjamin Rowe — aperture64
Ben says: This week I grabbed an opportune moment to capture this shot and added the wow in Lightroom.
Submitted by Emilio Pasquale — Photos by Emilio
Emilio says: For this new year I have a resolution that I think will be pretty easy to keep. I plan on taking photos of each and every hotel/casino on the strip. Not just the regular touristy photos but details of architecture that might be easy to miss. One of my first shots is this, a detail of the New York New York Hotel and Casino. So far I have hit Mandalay Bay, Luxor, Excalibur, and New York New York. I suppose I should post them in order but ….
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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