[Project Announcement at CameraPorn.net] [See it at Flickr]
This week’s photoblog is another special edition. The photo once again isn’t mine, but it’s one that I processed. Ryan Goodman ran a project asking his readers to revisit and retouch one of his photos. I’m a little late in getting around to doing the project, but the deadline is January 25 — so you still have a bit of time to get an entry in if you’re interested in participating.
I wanted to give this one a go with black & white, and after checking the sky on the underexposed version of this image I knew I wanted it to be kind of dark and looming. So here’s how I went about it.
To see the original files, check Ryan’s project announcement page. The RAW files were all cropped and rotated as seen in my final output.
- 0 EV Base Layer
Processed in ACR for overall brightness, contrast, etc. This layer serves as a base layer to build upon.
- -2 EV Composite Layer
Again, processed in ACR. I masked out the layer and “painted in” the areas I wanted to darken via the mask. Then I set the blending mode to Multiply in order to help darken things up even more. I darkened the sky heavily, and the water a moderate amount — leaving the rocks and the fuel depot alone.
- +2 EV Composite Layer
Again, processed in ACR. Just like the previous layer, I masked out this layer and started “paining in” the areas I wanted to lighten via the mask. This one was all focused down in the water and rocks. Then I set the blending mode to Linear Light at 60% fill to add an interesting contrast look to the rocks.
- Black and White Conversion
Photoshop CS3’s Black and White adjustment layer set to “Red Filter”.
- Curves Adjustment
Fairly strong “S” curve to bring out the contrast.
- Contrast Layer Blends
Duplicated the output thus far twice. One layer was set to a Linear Dodge layer blend with 16% opacity and 70% fill (to lighten the highlights). The other layer was set to a Multiply layer blend at 10% opacity and 100% fill (to darken the shadows).
Unsharp mask at 100%, 2.0 pixels, and a threshold of 1.