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:
Step 2: In Silver Efex Pro 2. The photo was converted to Black and White. Applied preset Full Dynamics (Harsh). Below is the result.
Step 3: Editing in Sharpener Pro 3. Increased Focus