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

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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?


    1. Oh…one other question. How did you get your side borders as wide as they are. My side borders are very thick. I like that thickness, but it leave too little room for photos and words, so I’d like to have wider columns and more narrow side border/margins. How do I do that, Ms. Knows Everything?


      1. You’re da Funny Man! And I’m no Ms. Knows Everything…
        I’m not sure I got the question right. The columns of our blogs have the same width but when you look at it from the mobile, tablet or computer, they looks different. That’s all. I’d have like the same, and that’s why I’m considering to change theme to another where photos have more room.
        One alternative with this current theme could be to not use right sidebars then it really enlarges the post, by setting it for full width.
        You can perhaps transfer the widgets from the side bar to the bottom.

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        1. Oh…my bad. I had my computer set to a smaller percentage, and my blog looked cramped and smaller (because it was 75% instead of 100% size). All’s well now.


                  1. Hahaha you’re da man. Thank you! She is renting a house in Ubud and will go on August 27th for one month. I know her from my yoga classes. She is going to do yoga and sculpt too.
                    I think Badifish Travel Agency is a good idea!

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  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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