Interior photography picture of the barrels and art at Chateau Chasse-Spleen winery in Bordeaux – Portfolio Image Number 12
This image is taken in one of the cellars in this famous winery in the Moulis-en-Medoc appellation of the Bordeaux Region of France.
As well as the barrels there are the 9 dancing triangles, which come together when you stand where I took this shot from. This winery has art within its grounds, not just wine. And for someone like me this makes for an excellent subject. This is an interesting and different internal space, like no other I have been in to be honest.
As well as the red od the triangles, there is the deep claret colour in the barrels. These are the things I need to focus on.
Triangles and barrels.
I have processed this image before, which I posted yesterday, but now Monday is here I am posting the final edit of the image I have done today for my portfolio. I did say I was going to write down the editing I did step by step, so here goes.
Firstly, here is the starting point, the RAW image, taken on my Canon 6D with Canon 8-15mm lens at 15mm.
I had to use this lens to fit the whole scene into the frame.
On import I apply some basic adjustments, the things I do all the time to give me a start. Lens Corrections is one of those things, removing the fish-eye curvature.
So now the image(s) are in Lightroom I do the following.
- HDR Merge – of the two stop over and two stop under exposed images.
- White balance – using the dropper I selected a piece of grey.
- Verticals – I need to fix these
- Crop – this took a long time as I wanted to exclude the things I did not want in the image. This image is all about the barrels and the art. Nothing else. So anything else need to go.
- Once I have what I want in the frame looking how I want it to it is time for some slider work in the Basic panel.
- Exposure -.24
- Contrast +43
- Highlights +45
- Shadows +31
- Whites -100
- Blacks -11
- Clarity +36
- Vibrance +17
- Saturation – I never use this slider.
- Dodging and burning to brighten the features and darken the less important parts of the image.
- I also painted negative clarity on the walkways, and positive clarity with a dash of sharpness on the barrels.
- Vignette – a subtle one to help draw you into the picture
- I boosted the colours in the reds.
And then went over to Photoshop where I removed the CCTV installation and other stuff on the ceiling, and some of the distractions in the walkway. There were also some things on the wall to the left which I removed. Finally, I went through the whole of the image at100% magnification and removed any blemishes, marks etc.
Then saved to Lightroom and added to my Portfolio Collection.
Quite a bit of work….
Hopefully tomorrow I will have time to produce the next image for my Portfolio
Rick McEvoy Photography
1st August 2016