Natali’s Profile Picture - An example of my Ten Step Process in Lightroom to create profile pictures. Of course, not every photo needs all steps.
Being a profile picture, most of the time it will be viewed at a thumbnail size. This is one of the few places you can see it large.
St. Nicholas Church - by Matt Shalvatis
A before and after.
Well, when I look at the photo at the left, the first thought that entered my mind is “why bother?” Just go back and try again. But I was familiar enough with the area to know that getting a better shot was by no means a given. And it never hurts to push your processing skills to somewhere they’ve never been before, so I went ahead and worked with it anyway. So, what’s some of the things I did here?
1. Three image HDR from one original.
2. Lens correction in Photoshop. Twice.
3. Removed wires and a car.
Not only was the final result worth it, I learned a few new things along the way. And that’s always a good thing!
Winter on the D&R Canal - A Before and After
I went back to my film days and my days in NJ, USA for this one. While the before in general is pretty good, I went for another look.
First I ran the photo through Fractalius. That’s the main process that gave this it’s different look. Then in Photoshop, I created another layer, made the top layer black and white, then painted back in the red of the house only. Note the reflection of the house in the river is still black and white.
Shadows of an Afghan War - The events in Russia yesterday overshadowed a much more solemn occasion yesterday, an event that Russia and countries of the former USSR would rather forget. The anniversary of the end of the Soviet-Afghan War. This was taken two years ago at the commemoration in Kiev.
Some HDR, some cropping and realignment, sharpening and color adjustments.
St. Sophia, Kiev ~ The cathedral’s name comes from the 6th-century Hagia Sophia cathedral in Constantinople (meaning Holy Wisdom, and dedicated to the Holy Wisdom rather than a specific saint named Sophia). According to a less popular theory, its model was the 13-domed oaken Saint Sophia Cathedral in Novgorod (c. 989), which Yaroslav I the Wise determined to imitate in stone as a sign of gratitude to the citizens of Novgorod who had helped him secure the Kievan throne in 1019.
Long Abandoned - Seen near the southern end of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
This was taken in an abandoned village near the southern edge of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Not surprisingly, you just can’t enter and wander around the zone wherever and whenever you please. You need to go with an escort and during their working hours. Plus, many areas of the zone are under a dusk to dawn curfew, so you can’t be out and around near sunrise and sunset. This means you may get quite a few washed-out, middle of the day photos like the one on the left. But never fear. With a few HDR techniques (this is a 3 exposure HDR from one original image), you can still come back with interesting and pleasing photos.
3 Image HDR, Photomatix.
Additional processing, Photoshop and Topaz Detail.