After Before Friday – Cabo Fisherman

Several weeks ago when I posted the after image of the Cabo Fisherman on a weekly challenge, I wanted to send it to Visual Venturing for ABFriday since it has become one of my favorite images. I missed the window of opportunity but wanted to send it this week anyway. I did several changes to the image but the most noticeable were to straighten the skyline after reading and change to a golden color tone. Stop by Stacy’s Visual VenturingΒ and take a peak at other ABF creations.

 

Cabo Fisherman After
Cabo Fisherman After
Cabo Fisherman Before - Original
Cabo Fisherman Before – Original

 

 

Here is more on what was done.

Lightroom Beginning Step One in Basics:  Adjusted temperature, tones, clarity and vibrance.
Lightroom 5 Beginning Step One in Basics: Adjusted temperature, tones, clarity and vibrance.
Step 2 Detail Tab: A little sharpening and noice reduction.
Step 2 in Detail: A little sharpening and noice reduction.
Step 3 in Lightroom adjusting Shadows a bit and adding a vignette
Step 3 in Lightroom adjusting Shadows a bit and adding a vignette
Back to Basics in Step 4:  Adjustments to tones and Presence.  Increased highlights, Shadows and Whites while decreasing blacks.  Upped Clarity and Vibrance.
Back to Basics in Step 4: Adjustments to tones and Presence. Increased highlights, Shadows and Whites while decreasing blacks. Upped Clarity and Vibrance.
Last Touches in LR:  Eliminated the last of the over exposed whites and final on cropping.
Last Touches in LR: Eliminated the last of the over exposed whites and final on cropping.
Finishing Touches in Photoshop CC2014:  Further straighten of skyline and took skyline off-center.  Used burn tool the line where the last of the wave met the beach.
Finishing Touches in Photoshop CC2014: Further straighten of skyline and took skyline off-center. Used burn tool the line where the last of the wave met the beach. Somehow managed to take all of the vibrant color away but didn’t notice it had happened.

After seeing the various stages as screen prints myself I sometimes wonder why the image changes so much when taken into Photoshop. The colors were much more vibrant in Lightroom and the final image seems dulled out. Second guessing myself.

23 thoughts on “After Before Friday – Cabo Fisherman

  1. It is interesting that some days I like a golden tone and other days I like the clear colors of the original. Never before has a photographer had so many tools to change the feeling of a shot. Thanks for sharing your post.

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  2. Hi, Karen. Sorry for my late comment. I travelled to Colorado on Wednesday to spend my mom’s 87th Valentine’s birthday wih her. Just now looking at WordPress πŸ™‚ Interesting about LR vs PS image difference. I’ve never really noticed that befor with my images, though I export directly from LR to PS and then save in PS, which brings the image back into LR as a tiff (lossless, as Nic pointed out). Anyway, I do like the warm tone you end up with, and the boost in clarity certainly gives it a wonderful punch. I do think the bluer sky would have added another beautiful dimension to this scene. Let us know if you figure out what happened!

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    1. I’m going to check the settings. Funny thing is that I didn’t notice it that much until I did the ABFriday post. BTW I’m such a dutz. I already have the same size lens you mentioned awhile ago.

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  3. I love how your edits gave this image such dynamic contrasts and really gave it punch. Also the slight crop tightened everything up.

    As for the weirdness when you change from LR to PS… I have two ideas. One is that the color space isn’t the same in both programs (ie. Adobe RGB, sRGB). The second is that when you are working in LR you are working with the raw image, then when you go to PS you export it to something that compresses the image (ie. jpeg is lossy – which means some pixels are thrown out to make the image smaller) and you are loosing some of the information… maybe export to tiff it is lossless compression.

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  4. It is interesting that there is such a difference between the colours you are getting in lightroom and photoshop. I like the picture and the colours are nice but could be a bit more vibrant ( I like vibrant beach scenes).
    Just out of interest why didn’t you straight and use the local adjustment tool like the burn tool in lightroom?

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    1. Thanks Ben. I agree that it should have been more vibrant and started out that way. Photoshop seems to take it away. I don’t know why. I actually did use the burn tool in some areas in Photoshop but wasn’t aware of straighten until One Photo Focus last week. I had already posted the image the week before so I didn’t change it. I found it odd that the screen prints that I took for the post showed the image at a much more vibrant state but not so after leaving Photoshop. I may start taking the image back into Lightroom before sending it up.

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    2. Hi again Ben. Just realized you were talking about burn and straighten in LR. I just learned about the straighten in LR and didn’t know there was a burn tool. I’ll have to find it!

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