this is one time that I have participated in the One Photo Focus, where we are given a photograph to edit.
This is one that Stacy sent me, of the London Eye. I have been on that thing. It is one expensive merry go round!
Anyway, the original picture is shown below.
I am a somewhat dramatic fellow, and decided that I wanted to add some drama in the sky.
In Lightroom, I added in a graduated neutral density filter. I angled it, to avoid a dark shadow from falling on the buildings. Please look at the lines! That will give you an idea
Next, I boosted the colours in the water. Click on the picture below, and you will see where I made hue and saturation adjustments; If you look at the two Lightroom pictures, you will see a difference in the water colour.
After this, I took it to Photoshop. I tend to use luminosity masks a lot, so please look at the layers. This will give you a fair idea of the steps that I finally adopted. I use the panel created by Tony Kuyper.
Between the LR and Photoshop versions you will see:
- A slightly enhanced drama in the sky
- Slightly deeper hues in the water
- The chimney have a bit more separation, and the cyans stand out a bit more. I am talking of the windows.
- The farthest building has a little more sheen.
- The Eye itself stands out just a bit more from the clouds.
I hope you like the final edit. I did not use any jazzy filters…