[See it at LeggNet's Digital Capture] [See it at Flickr]
This week's photoblog is a special edition. The photo isn't mine, but it's one that I processed. Rich Legg ran a small project by calling photoshoppers out to process one of his untouched photos. I barely squeaked my way in by being the fifth one to contact him. I won't go into all of the details on why I processed this image the way I did, because I've already done so on the project results page over at Rich's blog — so go definitely check it out!
- Original JPEG
Here's what the full-sized JPEG image straight out of the camera looked like.
- Processed RAW
I didn't do much processing in ACR on this one. Auto Exposure settings with slight adjustments. And I cropped it way down (for reasons mentioned on Rich's blog). I also cloned out the rock in the bottom right corner.
- Curves Adjustment Layer
I brought up the contrast a little with an “S” curve to start things off.
- Channel Mixer Adjustment Layer
I ran the channel mixer with 34% red, 66% green, and the output set to Monochrome. This made a black and white image, but I then set the blend mode to Overlay and reduced the opacity to 80%.
- Saturation Adjustment Layer
I reduced the saturation by bringing the level down to -35 and leaving the Hue and Lightness alone at zero.
- Photo Filter Adjustment Layer
I used an LBA Warming Filter set at 35% density to warm up the image. I should have reduced this value for web output because the web browsers tend to show things slightly oversaturated, but this is how I sent the file back to Rich.