Katie Prior's Image - The Cobb
Katie Prior’s Image – The Cobb

When I saw Katie’s image it reminded me of my travels, though typically I visit a much warmer location.  However, I always enjoy pictures of the ocean as it breaks against a pier.  I did my typical small changes to the image in Lightroom where the image was cropped, exposure was edited slightly, vibrance was popped up quite a bit along with the blue and aqua in luminance and saturation.  Then the image was brought into Photoshop where mostly I just did a few burns against the mountain area along the water line and then did a new change for me where on a new layer, I used the color replacement tool and picked a light blue to adjust the skyline from gray to more of a blue-gray.  Thanks, Katie for the lovely image and to Stacy for keeping the ball rolling.

Visual Venturing Katie’s Image

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 Venturing 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.

ManalCitySm

Thanks Manal Ali for providing such a wonderful challenge. I’m not sure about the rest but this one was another big learning experience and made me put my mind to work. I played around with the image several times and never was satisfied with what I was doing. There are several copies in my LR where I cropped away at the left side and then worked with the various light settings. The third time around I found Lens correction and thought how have I missed this for so long. What an amazing tool. Every setting was used first in Lens correction until I felt like was seeing the setting as Manal originally viewed it. Then with a much better perspective was able to continue on the this final result. In PS I attempted to change the color of the sky and used the copyright as a store signage. Fun project and a challenge, at least for me. Thanks Manal for making me think. I’m still not sure if I’m satisfied with the end result and look forward to seeing post processing from everyone else.

To see all the other interpretations, compilations and post processing for One Photo Focus Week 35, visit HERE.

Emilio Pasquale's image edited by KCinAZ
Emilio Pasquale’s image edited by KCinAZ

 

Thanks Emilio for sharing with us such a fantastic image of vintage trucks for us to work on.  I just bought a new book, my first on Lightroom and actually read through it as I edited the picture.  Mostly in Lightroom I stepped through the right-side panels and tried out a few different settings which enhance the color, hue and saturation plus a few others.  Hopefully not overdone.  Next, the image was cropped and straightened a slight bit.  In Photoshop I used the band-aid to remove the rope/hose from the right side and to take a few spots out of the yellow truck window.  Lastly, in Photoshop the patch tool was used to remove a couple of rocks and the piece of wood.  This was a fun learning image for me and can’t wait to see how everyone else approached it.  Thanks, Stacy, for all your hard work to get this off the ground.  I really enjoyed working on Emilio’s image.  Stop by Emilio’s site to see more of what he has done. I owe him a big thanks.  I’m actually going to use my rendition at our cabin called IronWorks.

There were many different renditions of the image.  Stop by Stacy’s Visual Venturing and take a peak.

Emilio-Pasquale-Full-size-JPEG

Merry Christmas 2014
Merry Christmas 2014 – After Picture
Central Park After Fresh Snow
Central Park After Fresh Snow – Before Picture

Originally this image was posted on KCinAZ in December of 2013, but I was never truly satisfied with how it turned out. I hope you’re not getting tired of seeing it again and again in different stages.  Last year I was still just getting back into Photoshop and was in a learning phase when I posted the first version in December 2013. If you would like to see how the first post processing turnout out here is the link; http://kcinaz.me/2013/12/24/winter-at-central-park/. This time I’m much more pleased with how it turned out.  First, I cropped out the street and set my focus on the building. In Lightroom most of the changes were the usual; increasing light clipping, black clipping, highlights, upped the exposure a little, increased vibrance, sharpened, increased luminance and added a preset vignette. These changes brightened the image up and added depth and color to it.

After working in Lightroom, the image was edited in Photoshop where I took in my creative side to turn the image into my card. There, I made changes to building windows and turned on the lights in the house. Then the street lights and lamp lights near the house were illuminated. Next, the building color was changed so that it was a much brighter red for a holiday card. A little bit of chimney smoke was added. Lastly, thought they are a little hard to see, I added a string of lights to the building eves in green and red plus lights on the lower bushes near the house.

When all as done I was able to upload the new colorful version to SendOutCards and turn it into a Christmas card that was personalized and then mailed by them to all my friends and family.  This week I am submitting this picture to Stacy’s ABFriday Forum.  Take a look now to see what everyone else is up to.

It seems as though I’m always looking for a challenge and Stacy’s After-Before Friday Forum sets the stage to get me thinking.  I’m submitting this post to After-Before Friday Week 13.   When I originally looked at this picture I thought it was hopeless.  It was way over exposed and very little of the color I saw in the posters came through.  Working strictly with Photoshop… because my ancient MAC laptop is too old for Lightroom, I came up with the following layer corrections.

1. On my first layer copy, Layer 2,  I decreased the Exposure by nearly 2.o and then played with the gamma correction and Offset.  Unfortunately,  I didn’t record what I had done.  I wish that Photoshop or Lightroom would allow a print page of history so you remember what’s been done.   I then cropped out the right side of the full image so that other greatly over exposed areas were removed.
2.  My next step was to select individual posters from within the image using the rectangular marquee and put photo filters on them.  The first one, using a new Layer 3, was the top middle poster.   Sorry, can’t remember which filter but it was on the greenish side and then the if I recall somehow the black was increased.  Then this poster along with the one below it were selected again using rectangular marquee and a cyan filter was applied.
3.  There is an image with the name Daniel Black on it.  This image was changed to B&W in Layer 4.  Also, the poster in red just to the left was increased in red tones so it was more visible.  The last steps were to increase Hue and Saturation on mostly blue tones were increased.

This picture was taken with an iPhone as Gus and I were exploring the area between Galveston and Houston TX and I decided to submit the Before and After to Stacy at Visual Venturing for her ABFriday Week 6 Forum. We wanted to create a picture of an industrial sort to put in a special frame at our cabin. I’ve been working on this in my spare time since the trip which was in May of 2013. Here is what’s been done to the picture from what I remember. I’ve posted an earlier work in progress in Feb 2014 but not shown a before and after. This version has had much more work done on it. It is almost finished and then will be ready to print. It is going into a custom frame that was created from the rear window of an vintage early model car.  The final frame size is 24″x48″ and Gus has it already hanging up in the cabin as a constant reminder for me to finish the picture.  Here is the works that has been done from what I recall.

OilPlant
Oil Plant After by KCinAZ
OilPlantOriginal
Oil Plant Before by KCinAZ – no processing

1.Duplicate the image and flip it so that it becomes much wider.
2.Remove the electrical lines in the center as they were no longer in perspective.
3.Change to sepia and bumped up browns.
4.Create a dark cloudy background. This caused a lot of work because of pixilation. Here is where the time-consuming work was done to remove any remaining pixilation between the original image and the background.
5.Turn on the lights everywhere in the new image. If I remember right first I used the small brush to color with yellow, then another star small brush tool to create illusion of flickering.
6.Used the burn tool to deepen some of the shadows on the structures.

Thanks, Stacy for including my work in your forum.