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

I once saw a vivid piece of photo art that captured the Venice canals in all their color and history.  Since then I wanted to visit there myself and look for the same spot.  I didn’t find where the picture was taken but that didn’t stop me from shutter bugging over 100 images in Venice alone.  Even though the days were cloudy the colors still shown through.

Reflections on Venice Canal
Reflections on Venice Canal

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