Image Reboot #4

Here is my entry for Image Reboot #4 the Challenge of my friend Desley from Musings of a Frequent Flying Scientist.

I chose an image of a horse that I made weeks ago. This horse expression was very sad or maybe he was just exhausted. The light conditions were not on my side, as it was a very dark and cloudy day, and the horses table was equally dark. I had wished to show more of the eyes and the texture of the skin.

I used my Olympus E-M10 and a 45mm (equivalent 90mm) lens with aperture 2,5, which helped to shoot without getting too close to the horse. Every time the horse noticed my presence, it started moving a lot. Anyways, I wasn’t very happy with the photo.

Desley’s Image Reboot is the place to be to learn new techniques to rescuing photos.  I will give it a try.

Here is the original photo and the steps I took while doing ‘plastic surgery’ in the photo.



What have I done?

Step 1: In LightRoom

  • Cropped the image
  • Increased exposure +0,85 (to soften the light)
  • Increased contrast +23 (just because I love contrast)
  • Decreased highlights -61 (I wanted to show the texture even more)
  • Reduced shadows +100 (to bring forward the sadness of the eyes)
  • Increased whites +45
  • Increased vibrancy +29

Here is the result:

Editing in LIghtRoom

Editing in LightRoom

Step 2: In Silver Efex Pro 2. The photo was converted to Black and White. Applied preset Full Dynamics (Harsh). Below is the result.

Editing in Silver Efex Pro2

Editing in Silver Efex Pro2

Step 3: Editing in Sharpener Pro 3. Increased Focus

Editing in Sharpener Pro 3

Editing in Sharpener Pro 3

40 thoughts on “Image Reboot #4

  1. Darn, Lucile! All the details showing that were not visible in the original shot which, by the way, I thought was pretty darn wonderful. Until I saw the ‘plastic surgery.’ Very nicely done.

  2. Fabulous reboot Lucile. I love seeing such a transformation. Great work. And you’re right, you can really notice the sadness in his eyes. He will be much happier when he rescues the heroine!!

  3. Marvelous. Again!
    I simply MUST learn how to edit using ONE of these things.
    Is the first image the one from Efex Pro? And just what is Efex Pro? Where do you get it?

  4. It’s interesting to see the process you used in editing the photo (if that’s the right word). I love horses, and it makes me sad that this one looks so sad. I love the photo, though. 🙂

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