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 newRead More →

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.       Here is more on what was done. After seeing the various stages as screen printsRead More →

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 likeRead More →

  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.Read More →

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. InRead More →

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 andRead More →

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 andRead More →