One Photo Focus 2

Stacy from Visual Venturing is hosting One Photo Focus, a photo editing challenge. Editing is something that I don’t have much experience with, so I thought this would be a good way for me to learn. Please click through the link above, it’s an amazing group of talented people. Thank you to Stacy for organising this, I know it was a lot of work!

Here is the original photo byย Manal Ali of A Single Shutter

Manal Ali - original.
Manal Ali – original.

And my 2 edits:

Manal Ali - edited b&w
Manal Ali – edited b&w
Manal Ali - edited colour
Manal Ali – edited colour

During this process, I learnt about the “Graduated Filter” tool, you can see the effect of it if you look at the two edited photos. the one on the left is “ungraduated”. The colour version, I’ve used the graduated filter on an angle front top left down in the “white space” of the sky, allowing me to decrease the exposure in just that section to bring in some moody clouds that were overexposed.

Some basic notes on the editing that I did in LightRoom –

  • corrected the for the lens so that the light poles and buildings are standing up straight – this is a good one to know about, so that your building don’t look like they are falling forward or back, usually most noticeable when using a wide angle lens. I use a 17mm lens a lot, so I just have to fix it.
  • increased exposure slightly to bring out a little more details in the buildings
  • increased contrast and clarity and decreased highlights to bring out the detail of the tree on the right

Next time, I will be better at recording what I do, to give you a little more information here.

x desleyjane

 

 

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  1. Fabulous job! The way you formatted the color is amazing!!! I’m a big photoshop girl but I think it’s time for some Lightroom action.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Oh thank you!! I’m looking at trying photoshop LOL…

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      1. Photoshop is really great and has a ton of features. Let me know what you think when you try it.

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        1. desleyjane says:

          Ok I will! I might do a post!

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  2. Hi DJ! This is great to know. I’m learning to use LR with a trial version. You did a great job here. Kudos. Really liked it. Is that a course? Xxx

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks dear! Do you mean the One Photo Focus? It’s a monthly challenge… Sorry if I misunderstood! X

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      1. Most welcome. I just read the info on the link. Great challenge. Loved it.
        Made me think that perhaps we should put a bit more of a challenge at the Rehab. Need to ask permission to you guys, the board members!
        But I thought you also decided to follow a course about post processing. Xxx

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        1. desleyjane says:

          I do want to take a course in Lightroom, but maybe also photoshop one day.
          Yes, a challenge might be fun, hmmm I wonder what we could do….

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          1. I’m going to take a photography course starting this month and after that the one on post processing.
            What do you suggest for a challenge?

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            1. desleyjane says:

              Oooohhh, how exciting! You will be our resident expert in the clinic!!
              Challenge idea is challenging…. Technique-based, theme-based, something else….??

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              1. Lol no way. I had followed a course when I bought my Nikon before digital. But digital is a different game and I need to unlearn a few things and learn new ones.
                I haven’t yet thought this one through but since a few weeks I started wondering, after a person asked me what were the instructions to participate and the theme, rules, etc.
                I thought that perhaps to accommodate different styles, as some are ok with free style, and others not, we could add an optional idea of submitting photos according to certain guidelines. But as this started in a fun and non pretentious way, I concluded that I’d better ask input to you, all the current participants, and then decide.

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                1. desleyjane says:

                  I think since we were coming from photo101 originally, people would be happy with some guidance. We could all suggest a couple of topics maybe….

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                  1. Yes, makes sense. I’ll send an email to the team. Thanks love. Xx

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                    1. desleyjane says:

                      My pleasure. And I’ll think about ideas… As I dream…

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                    2. You’re a superstar!! Sweet dreams! Xxx

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  3. Bravissima! I really can appreciate the edits you made, thanks to your detailed descriptions of what you did… I can definitely see the moody clouds (love this term!) and the straightened light pole!
    Great job!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Aw thanks Lia, I’m glad it made sense! I wrote it one night very late LOL…

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  4. Amy Sampson says:

    My favourite is the colour edit. You did a great job. You mentioned at the end that you’d try and do a better job at recording what you do. No need. Over on the left you can pull up a list of all your edits from start to finish. I’d tell you how to pull up that list, but I can’t remember what the tab is, and I can’t check because I don’t have Lightroom at the moment. My trial is over and I didn’t buy it yet.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Amy, yes I know about the history window, but I couldn’t really make sense of it since I tried so many things during the process! LOL… Thanks so much…

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  5. coolquilting says:

    I like your edits…..the colour one looks alot like mine…maybe since we both have a science research background and think alike!….good to see you are on IG so I started following you there.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      LoL yes I wouldn’t be surprised if that was the case ๐Ÿ˜ƒ I haven’t looked at the others test as I went to bed as it was being posted, so I will take a look. And I will definitely add you on IG. Thanks so much!

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  6. Both edits look great. I always appreciate a good B&W photo with sharp lines and contrast.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you! Me too โ˜บ๏ธ

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  7. Cee Neuner says:

    You have done a great job of editing. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you Cee, I appreciate that!

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  8. I like the crop in the black and white removing the distraction of the lamppost in the colour edit. For me the black and white is nicely toned and a well balanced image.
    Hope to see you taking part in the forum again in the future.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Ben, I’ll be there!

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  9. ah so this is a monthly challenge? Doeable then, Love your edits.. I am tempted constantly to go back to LR every time i see your edits x

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Aw thanks! Yes first Friday of each month I think. Stacy sends us the raw or jpg file and off we go!

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      1. sounds great ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. Desley, I think you did a great editing job (two great editing jobs!). The GF is a pretty handy tool to have (in fact, I used it in mine, but like your more subtle approach). And the lens correction tool is awesome. It’s interesting that you chose to crop each photo differently. Would be curious to learn your thought process. If I haven’t cropped in camera, doing so in post can sometimes take me a number of iterations to get it where I like it. This photo was like that for me ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks so much for taking part this month! Looking forward to more ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks so much Stacy, it was fun!
      I prefer the more cropped image. After going to all that trouble of straightening that light pole, it just seemed to be a distraction. In the b&w I love that leading line you get now when you take away the post and that sliver of buildings on the left. What do you think?

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      1. It’s a good question, Desley! Except for Jaime and Michelle, everyone who didn’t crop left the post in. And I never really found myself distracted, especially where the appearance was softened. Now I’ve decided it adds to the ambience of the street scene, along with the traffic in the background, and the street is its own leading line. I guess the problem I had (and still have) about deciding how or whether to crop it is based on figuring out what the subject of the scene is. I focused on the tower; and therefore I cropped; if it’s a general street scene though, then no or less of a crop. It’s a conundrum ๐Ÿ˜‰

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        1. desleyjane says:

          It really is! That’s what makes it fun ๐Ÿ˜„
          I love the wide variety of all the edits from everyone.

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  11. A great job! I’m not sure which version I like better but the wet street seems shinier or wetter in the color version. And I like your cropping on the black and white, except now that I look back at it I realize, that is why the street seems wetter in the color- you cropped that section out in the black and white. Still, I like it!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Oh thanks Emilio! That means a lot. You’re right, I hadn’t looked at it that way… Thanks!

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  12. lensaddiction says:

    I really like the BW treatment here, there is something about street images like this that really lend themselves to BW and you did a great job ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks for that. Yes I think black and white with high contrast is good treatment for wet streets and buildings. Thanks again!

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  13. dogear6 says:

    I like the color one better, but both turned out great. I like your description of how you used the graduated filter. It’s a nice little tool to have!

    I can’t figure out how you straightened everything out though. I had to do it in Photoshop as I can’t get it to work right in Lightroom. Any hints??

    Nancy

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you Nancy, I appreciate hearing that โ˜บ๏ธ
      Yes! In Lightroom, in the Develop tab, scroll down past all the colour sliders until you get to camera corrections. You may have to turn that menu on if you can’t see it (by right-clicking). I just click the three boxes and hit auto and it works every time. I think you have to shoot in RAW though to have this option…. I will check for you next time I edit if you like?

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      1. dogear6 says:

        Thanks! I know exactly what you’re talking about. I didn’t think to use that – I do it manually and not as part of my presets since it doesn’t always work right. I didn’t even think of it! Big old duh on that one.

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  14. kazg10 says:

    Nice edit Desley, I didn’t even think of the graduated filter tool “doh”!! It would have tackled that cloud a lot better than an adjustment brush so I stayed away from it. I really like your style ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Oh thanks Karen, that’s lovely to hear! X

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  15. Manal says:

    Great job on the two edits, I can’t myself decide between them! Great use of straightening the lamp post ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Cheers Manal! And thank you for providing such an interesting photo to work with! I loved seeing all the different interpretations with this one.

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  16. Both great edits, I like different crops and they both work.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you so much, it was fun!

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