After a fun and successful May One Photo Focus, we’re back to ABFriday this week. Just a reminder, because May has 5 Fridays, the photo for June’s One Photo Focus won’t be revealed until May 22 (Week 50). BUT that image will actually be one of mine and will be processed by participants on the six-month anniversary 1PF post/one-year anniversary ABFriday post on June 5, so be sure to check back if you want to participate! For all the details on ABFriday and One Photo Focus, visit the After-Before Friday Forum page.
And now, on to this week’s galleries of submissions!
My submission: To continue testing out my rented Fuji 100XT, I embarked on a sunrise shoot in Washington, D.C., where I took this shot from the Lincoln Memorial looking over the Reflecting Pool to the Washington Monument. Mounted on a tripod, I set the camera with its fixed 23mm 2.0 lens to 2 sec @f/5.6, ISO 200, and bracketed three 1-stop shots (1 second, 2 seconds, and 4 seconds). I combined these shots using the new LR6/CC “merge to HDR” setting, made a few edits, exported it to Nik Color Efex Pro for a few more tweaks, and back in LR used the spot removal brush and decreased the vibrance just a bit. And, as “they” say, voila! Yeah, I know it sounds like a lot, but it really isn’t. (P.S. Forgive the ringing iPhone near the end of the video – forgot to silence it! Shout out to my daughter who held on as I finished up the last minute 😀)
Note: I have been having problems using LR6 in conjunction with .tiff files created in outside programs (like my beloved Nik suite). I am not alone in this. If any of you have been experiencing the same, let me know. I’ve done a fair bit of research and have found a current workaround (though not satisfactory for the long term). Fingers crossed Adobe figures this out sooner rather than later!
Submitted by Katie Prior — Drawing with Light
Katie says: This week, I am revisiting an image that I worked on a few weeks ago. Having recently acquired Photoshop, I have been able to edit it further to remove an unwanted element in the photo. As a newbie Photoshop user, I thought this would be something nice and simple to start with.
Submitted by Klara — Sliku svoju ljubim II
Klara says: This was taken at the flower exhibition near Brussels. I wanted to discard this photo, but than thought of trying to save/improve it. I am happy with the result. Details of the process are here.
Submitted by Lynne Ayers — Beyond the Brush Photography
Lynne says: After a major crop I used the median filter on the background to soften and blur it.
Submitted by Benjamin Rowe — Aperture64
Ben says: After last week was a lot of fun, now I am back to the usual workflow. My post will be live here.
Submitted by Nancy Merrill – nancy merrill photography
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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