Friday, 17 September 2010

Fix-It Friday #71 - 4x4



Original


I did all my editing in LR3 today because, well let's be honest, there wasn't MUCH wrong with this awesome shot!! 
All I felt it needed was some creative colouring and maybe a bit of "pull & punch" to make it edgy...

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EDIT ONE



  • Used Direct Positive LR preset
  • Set recovery ~ +48, exposure .60, brightness -26, 
  • dodged the dark side of his face to even out the tones
  • burned the sky lightly with a creamy colour brush
  • General punch
  • sharpening;  +41, 1.2, 15, 60
  • NR; 13, 89, 18
  • Blacks -14
  • Export.
  • Publish to Flickr :D
(the sky is way too obviously dodged though, need to work on that ~ probably would do better with that in PSE/Gimp in reality).

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EDIT TWO



Working from Edit One
  • Crop to 5X7
  • Used Preset Heaven's Yellow-Green Tone
  • exposure -1.33, contrast 83, Brightness 22, recovery 56
  • General Punch 
  • Scenic Sharpening
  • Red Settings; luminance -73, Hue -36, Sat 41
  • Export & Publish.

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EDIT THREE


working from edit one again
  • Crop to 5X7
  • applied Preset Heaven 'Wedding Look'
  • auto tone
  • dodged any darkness in his face and burned over brightness
  • contrast -2
  • Narrow edge (scenic) sharpen
  • General Punch
  • recovery 39
  • Orange saturation -20
  • PC Vignette 2 (changed feathering to 66)
  • Vibrance -22
  • Export & Publish

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EDIT FOUR



Of course there HAD to be a BW of this shot (working from edit three this time);
  • Converted to BW
  • contrast 52, recovery 52, Brightness 16, Exposure, -0.05
  • Export & Publish
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EDIT FIVE



  • From edit Four I just changed the shadow and highlight hues to give a greeny tinge (Shadow 37, Highlight 76)
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My personal critique of my edits this week;


Edit 1~ yucky sky - wish I'd left it alone!
Edit 2~ a little to orange
Edit 3~ DEFINITELY my favourite of the week!
Edits 4 & 5 ~ love them both, 5 wins it for the BW's. :)


What do you think?


POST-SCRIPT...


I read the 'do something about the sky' on iheartfaces, so I felt obliged to do so.
Not so easy in LR, so I took it into gimp, downloaded a sky from here; http://www.flickr.com/photos/leooosterloo/3812218298/
layered it over (set to darken only and lowered opacity), erased from everywhere but the sky (!!), merged down (Gimp 1), duplicated & set layer to 'screen' (Gimp 2). Applied a 'vintage effect' fu (set to screen and lowered opacity), framed. 
Done.


GIMP ~ 1



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GIMP ~ 2



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GIMP ~ 3




OK ~ so NOW my fave is GIMP ~ 3 ;D
To join in with Fix-It-Friday head on over to iheartfaces and link up :D

9 comments:

Ashley Sisk 17 September 2010 at 13:57  

I love how vibrant your edits are...I have to agree with your critique but I wouldn't have been so harsh. :)

AJ 17 September 2010 at 15:58  

fabulous edits!

candacesoon 17 September 2010 at 16:00  

I love edit three too! Wonderful job and thanks for all the detailed info.

Heather (Butterflygirlms) 17 September 2010 at 16:08  

Awesome fixes! FABULOUS!

Buckeroomama 17 September 2010 at 16:09  

My faves are #s 3 & 4!! Great job!

A Lady Called Amy 17 September 2010 at 17:01  

Edit five is really nice. :)

Carrie 17 September 2010 at 21:14  

Love the 2nd and 3rd edit and all of the GIMP edits - the sky is really great in the last ones.

ATALW 18 September 2010 at 00:54  

These edits are great!! Love them all!

Amy 25 September 2010 at 02:49  

Wow, I just LOVE your 3rd lr edit. I love how the contrast and the dark red tones give the photo a gritty feel.

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