Welcome to ABFriday’s monthly One Photo Focus! This month, we have 23 different post-processing interpretations of one “before” image submitted by Stacey/Lensaddiction of Learning to See Light. Be sure to click the links to each participant’s blog as many have written posts “uncovering the magic” behind their “after” images. And if you would like to participate in name of next month’s One Photo Focus, you’ll find all the details on the After-Before Friday Forum page.
Don’t forget to check out After-Before Friday, hosted by Benjamin Rowe on Aperture 64. There you can share the magic “after” of your own “before” image, every Friday except the first Friday of each month (when One Photo Focus runs)!
Submitted by Stacey/Lensaddiction — Learning to See Light
Submitted by Stacy Fischer — Visual Venturing
What an amazing image Stacey submitted for us to work on this month. I love the leading line of the rope, the foreboding-loooking sky, and that she caught a few hardy souls up in the rigging. While the original was underexposed (something I have done many times), the beauty of shooting in RAW is that so much detail is captured in the file that, once post processed, one would never know it! In Lightroom, I did some adjustments in the lens correction panel and then played around with exposure, white balance, highlights, shadows, white and black points, and saturation. From there, I moved into ColorEfex Pro, applying additional contrast, softenening the whites a bit, and adding a vignette. My last step was to sharpen the image in Photoshop using unsharp mask (such a confusing name for a sharpening tool, don’t you think?).
I loved opening up everyone’s emails and seeing all the creative approaches! Clearly, all had a great time with your photo, Stacey. Thanks for letting us play with it!
Submitted by Sherry Felix – Port4u
Submitted by Reinhold Staden — Reinhold Staden Photography
Submitted by Yan Balczewski — From Hiding to Blogging
Submitted by George McCane — Photoman401
Submitted by Chris — sv-takeiteasy
Chris says: I know that Tall Ship, that’s Polly Woodside! To read a little about its history and see my edit go to www.sv-takeiteasy.com
Submitted by Laura Macky — Laura Macky Photography
Submitted by Bryan — theonlyD800inthehameau
Submitted by David Croker – CADEPhotographic
David says: This was my first go at editing someone elses image and it proved to be a great learning curve. Using a combination of contrast adjustments (which revealed the brilliant, almost stormy cloud detail), graduated filters (to change top and bottom parts of the image) and selective colour reduction to remove the blues from the windows, I acheived the old-style image I was after. Brilliant fun. See you again next month.
Submitted by Michelle Lunato — Michelle Lunato Photography
Submitted by Robin Kent — PhotographybyKent
Robin says: Many thanks once again to Stacy of VisualVenturing for hosting the monthly One Photo Focus and to Stacey of Lensaddiction for providing us with a challenging image for the February edition of the series. My interpretation resulted from an accidental overdose of the Glowing Edge effect in the Filter Gallery of Photoshop CC which, among other things, turned the sky black. Attempts to save the image failed miserably but I did discover that if one uses a combination of the Hue/Saturation and the Levels Adjustment layers in a situation such as this, they will set the sky on fire. The resulting apocalyptic scene could only mean that evil doers were at work so I imagined a gang of terrorist penguins making their escape from the devastation they (and I) had created.
Submitted by Amy — The World Is a Book
Submitted by Ashleigh Pienaar — Through the Viewfinder
Submitted by Yvette — In the Zone
Yvette says: When I first saw the photo, I know I wanted to add color. I explored some settings, added and then took out a sunset, and finally ended up with some whimsy windows and a bit of original color.
Submitted by Nancy Merrill – nancy merrill photography
Nancy says: This last month, I’ve been playing with some instructions I came across for Photoshop to add deeper color to the images. I was excited to try them out on this month’s One Photo Focus. Thanks, Stacey, for the great image.
Submitted by Raewyn — decocraftsdigicrafts
Raewyn says: Had fun with Photoshop and some Topaz Textures.
Submitted by Cee Neuner — Cee’s Photography
Cee says: I absolutely adore tall sailing ships and this ship this ship is huge. The one thing I don’t like about this photo and it was totally unavoidable is the city buildings running through the middle of the photo. Although I can totally understand Stacey’s choice to take a full photo of this sailing ship, I would have done the same thing. So I started to crop several different aspects of this photo.
Submitted by Max 510 — Max510’s Blog
Max says: I preferred to crop the original picture, showing only the masts, thus giving an idea of toward the sky and taking advantage of white hole in the clouds, as accompanied by a Divine Light to face stormy seas that black sky suggests …
Submitted by Linda James — Rainy Day Reflections
Submitted by Claudia Curici — Claudia Curici PHOTOGRAPHY
Claudia says: Although the original photo looked like a missed opportunity, the details of the boat against the moody sky and the city looked awesome. So, first I fixed the perspective as much as possible (all Lightroom), and cropped it to 4:3 to get rid of some distractions; I recovered details in the sky by lowering the highlights and recovered details in the lower part of the frame by increasing shadows (also used the radial filter for that). After few more actions I got the second photo (colder tone, I imagine might have been winter-ish). For the second one I used a Kodak Gold (100+++) preset.
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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