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Robin Kent Image edited by KChengelis – KCinAZ
Original Robin Kent Image
Original Robin Kent Image

I didn’t do a great deal of editing to Robin’s already great image. In Lightroom, the image was sharpened and a few changes made to exposure. I tried to bring down the yellow cast in the building and did so a bit. Mostly I cropped the image and removed the people from the foreground grassy area. In Photoshop the blue in the sky was increased using a mask so that the building and grass were not changed. Also, the burn tool was used to deepen the color of the grassy area.

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After Before Friday Anniversary Challenge - After Version
After Before Friday Anniversary Challenge – After Version
After Before Friday - Anniversary Challenge Before Image
After Before Friday – Anniversary Challenge Before Image

The first bit of editing for the image was done in Lightroom where the following steps were taken.
1.  Exposure       -1.19     Exposure was adjusted several times and finished here
2.  Highlights          83
3.  Shadows           36
4.  Vibrance            14    Vibrance was adjusted a couple of times
5.  White Clipping     2   I had increased white clipping considerably and then brought it back down
6.  Black Clipping  -21
7.  Clarity                43
8.  Saturation          19
9.  Crop                            A considerable portion of the river and a small amount of the sky were cropped out.
10. Blue Hue Shift     4   The next five steps were done to increase the blue in the water and sky
11. Blue Sat Shift      9
12. Blue Lum Shift   13
13. Aqua Hue shift   18
14. Aqua Lum shift   24
15. Red Lum shift     13      To increase the tone in the buildings
Next the image was opened in Photoshop to add a few touches.
1.  Unsharp mask
2.  Using a small paintbrush, flowers were added to the flower boxes.  This is visible in a larger image, but you will have to squint to see them in the smaller version.

Photoshop always seems to change the image and reduces the hue and saturation.  The image does not have the same impact when imported to Photoshop.  With this in mind I re-opened the saved image (different name of course) in Lightroom.  Here again, I copy applied the same steps above again in Lighroom.  However, the blue shifts had to be brought down as they were too severe when the copy was applied.  This copy method was done like a preset as time was limited.  Next time, I’ll probably do my Photoshop edits and then open in Lightroom. The final image was exported to a file directly from Lightroom.

After Before Friday-Anniversary Challenge

This distillery at Cane Garden Bay in Tortola, BVI has been in operation for 400 years and run by the same Callwood family for the duration.  It’s a relic of its own making.  This rum still is the original creation of metal works and has been brewing rums for the Callwood family for these 400 years.  

Original Still Making a Fresh Batch
Original Still Making a Fresh Batch

We were greeted by a nice young man who took us on a short tour of the building.  He’s the next generation of the Callwoods.  Gus had to take home a sample of their spiced rum, but we’ve yet to try it.  

Callwood Rum Store
Callwood Rum Store

On the Move in New Orleans
On the Move in New Orleans

One of the most popular modes of transportation for young people in New Orleans is bicycle especially with this type of spring weather. New Orleans is one city that seems to be always on the move. People are out and about from early morning to well, early morning. It’s a happening fun action packed city to visit and a great pick for me for the Weekly Photo Challenge.

Brick Building with Gas Lettering
Brick Building with Gas Lettering

Found this great brick building with the lettering on the outside of the building that spelled GAS. I’m sure it had been there a long time. This image has been enhanced using Photoshop.

I looked up where I think this was taken and I think it was in a historical old town – almost a ghost town – Virginia City, Montana. This was taken during the same time as when I was at the Rodeo in the same area. A wonderful trip and lots of good memories.

Library of Congress
Library of Congress

If not a monument, this place is monumental.  Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress in Washington DC is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution.   I just wish I were able to go in and not view it from behind the glass.  Next time my picture will not need as much Photoshop as I will have a Circular Polarizer Lens filter in place to get rid of the glare.  Used a bit of the patch tool to try to eliminate the glare.  To learn more about the Library of Congress click here to visit the official websites interesting facts.

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I Love New York

 

 

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