After-Before Friday Week 9

My submission for this ABFriday Week 9 is kind of different to what anyone might expect. I chose this personal family portrait showing the last four generations standing, starting with my dad, me, my older son, and his only baby child. This photo was taken by my younger no-so-careful-about-camera- exposition-settings, in the same scenery of the last week. As a result, I had that terrible exposed and composed shot. So, having no more opportunity to re-shot, I tried to rescue the photo in Photoshop.

The edition work consisted in:

1. First of all, I drastically cropped the image in order to get an appropriated composition for a portrait, as well as for practical reasons in farther edition steps.

2. A new automatic level adjustment layer to darken the whole tone range and get a better white balance.

3. The whole background was selected and a new curves layer was applied to darken it even more; not only for getting more detail and volume, but also for getting a bit more contrast with the subjects in the foreground.

4. Finally, I slightly increased the contrast to the entire image.

Well, that was it. Now, I consider having a more presentable photo for printing and keeping it as a treasure!

After_Before Friday week 8

This week, I chose this image for ABFriday Forum week 8, hosted by Stacy Fischer,at Visual Venturing. The picture was taken at the Water Reservoir of Zuata Park, in Aragua state, Venezuela. two weeks ago while celebrating my father’s 80 birthday anniversary. Obviously, the idea was to capture the cloudy sky and its reflection on the water.

What I did for edition was just my basic routine to all my pictures in Photoshop CS3:

Adjustments in level and contrast, and blurring highlights and dodging shadows and midtones separately, to increase the drama of the sky’s contrast. This time, I also decided to crop the image eliminating that strip of land in the foreground, for the reflection of the sky not to be contained but rather to flow freely trough the spectator imagination.

After-Before Friday: Week 7

For this week, at Stacy Fischer’s forum ABFriday, I chose this picture taken in the township of Manaure in La Guajira, Colombia. This is a humble communiy where people live in harsh conditions, due to the high concentrations of salt, as the main source of livelihood is working in this salt pans.

Being the original take terribly exposed, for edition I just tried the image to show the real look of the extremely corrosive  environment of this place. In order to get that, I just made some important adjustments trough new levels, bright and contrast, and saturation layers, in PScs3.