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.

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Lone Sail at Sunset
Lone Sail at Sunset

 

I’m having a difficult time remembering all that was done with this image because I’ve been playing at backing up all my images to an external hard drive.  In doing so the history normally stored in Lightroom has disappeared. From what I recall most of the changes were in the lighting along with decreasing exposure, increasing whites and enhancing the blues.  I definitely did some sharpening and a vignette.

Here is the before picture that I wasn’t sure if I would ever use as it was too muted for my taste.  This made it an easy choice for my addition to Stacy’s AfterBefore Friday Week 27 Forum.  This is a great group to take a look at for ideas and creativity on how you might enhance your images.  I know that I for one have learned a bundle of new ideas.

Sunset Sail Before
Sunset Sail Before

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