Well, last week on the ABFriday Forum was great with everyone presenting a Before and After version of the same image. I think we participants all enjoyed the experience of comparing our diverse interpretations of the same image. Now we return to our normal practice of each person submitting Before and After versions of our own images. All of the other contributions can be found at Stacy Fischer’s Visual Venturing post starting around 8:00 EST so be sure to check them out. .
As I started to consider what image to submit this week, i was struggling with the fact that the morning temperatures were in the 20s and heading down. Although this might be a trifle for folks in the northern latitudes, it is really hard on those of us who live in Virginia. Then, my memory took me back to a January day when I had the good sense to be in Hawaii and the selection was an easy one. The differences between the two images above may seem small, but a fair amount of work was required to get from B to A.
Unprocessed RAW Image
A larger size version of the Before image is shown above. As usual, the first step was to engage the Adobe Camera RAW process (See image of the screen capture below). All work was done in the basic window (yellow arrow) and the specific changes are identified with the red arrows. My first goal was to minimize the bright spots in the sky and so the Highlights were reduced to -70. Second, I wasn’t thrilled with the silhouette effect and did my best to open up the shadows by going to the maximum increase of +100. The remaining changes were less aggressive: Whites reduced to -8; Clarity increased to +22; and Vibrance increased to +27.
Adobe Camera RAW Changes
The result of the adjustments are shown in the image below. It seemed like there had been some improvement in the sky, and opening up the shadows had brought out some detail in the palm tree and some life in the water in the middle distance. But two new problems had arisen. The open shadow maneuver had revealed an unattractive road in the foreground and a portion of some kind of boat on the right side. Curses! Had I been foiled again?
Result of the Adobe Camera RAW Adjustments
But not to worry, Photoshop was waiting to show its capabilities and the image was transferred there. The next step was to de-emphasize the road in the foreground
Levels Adjustment for the Foreground
by selecting it (see red arrow pointing down to the selected area) and using a Levels Adjustment layer and moving the slider from 0 to 32 (Other red arrow).
But the problems of the boat and the still too bright segments of the sky remained. The boat easily defeated the first attempt (Content-Aware Edit Fill) and so the clone tool was pulled out for action. Removing the boat was easy enough and the sky was corrected by copying small sections of sky on the left side that had a light blue tone .
Using the Clone Tool
The final result is shown below. Although a fair amount of work was done, the differences are small. But I think they make it a better image. The foreground remains unobtrusive, the small but annoying boat is gone, the water is a little brighter, there is just a bit of detail in the palm leaves to add some dimensionality, and there are no hot spots in the sky.
I’d be interested in any comments and please check out the submissions from the other participants at Stacy Fischer’s ABFridayWeek 27.