For this week’s After Before Friday Forum, I went with a picture from Hawaii that I took in 2002. I was going through my Hawaii pictures for the Photo Friday Challenge on Paradise and I wound up having to do a lot of editing. (I was just learning my camera back then and apparently had a very dirty lens.) So, I saved this picture for the forum. If you want to check out the other paradise shots, just click here.
Now, let’s get down to editing business. My original shot was taken with some Nikon camera but I don’t recall which one as the camera info on the picture tells me nothing, which makes me wonder if my file is just not some copy of the original. Who knows what I did back then… Anyway, here is my original shot with no edits, other than resizing for the web.
After opening the original picture, I took the following steps in Photoshop CS5:
- Increased the saturation by 30.
- Erased out the rope that was going across the picture.
The erasing of the rope took a long time and was very tedious. It is done with the clone stamp tool. Basically, you pick an area of the picture that you want to clone and stamp it over the part you want to erase. In my experience you can’t use the stamp at 100 percent though. If you do, it just looks to fake and obvious. So, you have to clone spots of the photo over each other at lower percents and then blend them with other areas. So you blend the different blues of the sky over where the rope is. This way, you don’t get some weird blue streak across your picture.
The rope goes across the tree and the palm leaves too though. This required me to zoom into the photo and clone parts of the trees and tiki poles too. It requires a lot patience and practice, but when you are done, it is worth it.
After getting a cramp in my hand from cloning, I opened the HDR effect on the photo and adjusted the items in that effect to the following:
- Radius +30
- Strength 1.05
- Gamma 1
- Exposure + .39
- Detail – 63
- Shade – 90
- Highlights +48
- Vibrance +62
- Saturation +23
- Raised the curve bar to brighten
After all of that, I felt pretty happy with the picture and got this end result.
What do you think? Would you have done anything different? I welcome your critiques as I think it is a great way to get new ideas. So feel free to give me some suggestions. Heck, feel free to even tweak the before photo if you want too.
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Here is the HDR Toning screen that I mentioned in the comments below: