Before and After editing images of the High Line taken on March 1, 2021.
Before photographs with minimal processing and after with full editing and processing of winter plants photographed on the High Line Park in New York City. The yellow flowers are Witch-hazel. I just learned from a fellow blogger that there is a before and after slider. It is one of the blocks we can use in WordPress. This gives you and idea of how much I enhance images in Lightroom and Photoshop to make them look how I feel they should.
Move the sliders to see the before (left) and after (right).
First, I brought Ryan’s picture into Photoshop and filled in the people and a few branches at the top of the image. Next, I opened the image in OnOne Effects and added an HDR evening metal effect, which I altered to suit. I brought it back into Photoshop and imported a sky. I masked out the original sky to let the new one show through. To tone down some of the color and make it less Disney like I added a black and white filter layer and masked out some of it to let the color show through in places. For fun I imported two eagles, masked them out and placed them in the sky.
My interpretation of the rose still life by Julie Powell was created using Photoshop and onOne. I eliminated the dark triangle in the upper left and cloned out the canvas. I added a bit more cloth using cloning on a new layer and masks. Then I used a photo of mine of roses as an overlay on the cloth. Finally a bit of web.
Created for Stacy Fischer’s November – One Photo Focus
My version was created using Lightroom to straighten it, cropped it to put the focus on the room, and brought out the details in the shadows a bit. Then I used onOne enhancements and effects, added to layers with different blending modes in Photoshop. I wanted to give Y. Prior’s photo of the lobby of The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia, an old time effect without making it black and white. I added a photograph of my grandmother, Florrie James (ne Kennedy) taken when she was 18 years old, October 1, 1905, in Perth, Australia.
Created for Stacy Fischer’s October – One Photo Focus
The rigging in Stacy Fischer’s photo of Balclutha, a full-rigged ship built in 1886 now in San Francisco, was quite a challenge to mask so that I could put in a different backgrround.
Created for Stacy Fischer’s One Photo Focus, September 2016.
I made an animated gif showing 3 versions: The original ship, one with no ice, and then one with ice.
Robin Kent’s original (below) was perfect. I straightened the Ferris wheel and darkened the sky in Lightroom. Then in Photoshop, added wisps of mist, and stars to make it mystical (above).
In 1956 when I was seven my mother and I moved to London. It was my job to light the coal fire in our flat at Queensborough Terrace, near Kensington Gardens. Central heating was not common then; therefore, London was a much foggier place. I remember fogs so thick it was hard to see a yard ahead. Coal fires helped create smog, a mix of smoke and fog. Yellow smog was tinged by the Sulphur in the coal. They were called “pea soupers”. The Great Smog of 1952 (Wikipedia) killed many Londoners. Dirty unwashed and untreated coals were eventually banned and smoke free coals and fuels used instead. Now central heating is the norm and fireplaces occasionally used to create ambience.
Created for Stacy Fischer’s August One Photo Focus.