I know I said that I had done the final edit of this image. But it turns out I hadn't. I had to do a few more things, as I wasn't completely happy with the final image.
I made a virtual copy of the tif file in Lightroom. This means I can create something new from that previous edit.
I should have made virtual copies in Lightroom my Lightroom Tip of the Week. Actually I might do that next week! Draft done and saved (Lightroom Tip of the Week – Virtual Copies)
Anyway, I now have a copy of the image with all that has been done to date.
What was I not happy with? It was a bit too lightweight for me. So I did this.
- Exposure -1.07.
Yes, I have reduced the exposure by one whole stop.
- Vignette -60
It was at -26, but I have a added a lot more vignette.
Now the light on the ground is more prominent, and the image has a bit more oomph about it.
Is that a word? Oomph?
Next I painted some streaks of brightness onto the floor. I did this by selecting the brush, with the dodge option, and dragging the mouse pointer over the lighter parts of the ground, towards the front. This works really well, and is easier if you select “Show Selected mask Overlay”, so you can see what you are doing.
I increased the dodging by sliding the exposure slider to the right by nearly a stop, and also added in a boost to the shadows. And a lump of clarity.
This is the beauty of localised adjustments in Lightroom - you can add to and take away whatever you want.
So why not go a bit more?
I increased the exposure in these localised adjustment in the end to 2.38 – yes nearly two and a half stops more.
And stopped there. That is what I was after, and I am happy with this final image. Erm well not quite. There is a black and white version of this to be done. I might even post this today as well if I get a move on.
So tomorrow a brand new image I promise – no more pictures of the New Forest.
Rick McEvoy Photography Blog
Thursday 17th November 2016