Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Editing and Processing

Last week I shot some graffiti under a bridge in the outskirts of Amsterdam, along the Amsterdam Rhine canal.

I will use them today to try a new way of editing and processing photos.

Lightroom, Aperture, and Photoshop are quite capable of creating excellent black-and-white images, Silver Efex Pro 2, a Black and White plug-in that I often use, offers incredible presets along with simplicity for the user. 

What I haven’t used yet was Color Efex Pro, which came as a part of the package when we bought Silver Efex Pro 2.

I took some of my graffiti shots to test it in three steps. It was overwhelming to see the possibilities I had.

Here is what I did:

  • First photo: Edited in Lightroom to constrain crop, remove chromatic aberration, enable profile corrections. Then if needed, I worked on clarity, contrast, shadows, highlights, white balance.
  • Second photo: Next I used the preset solarization, which gave it a grungy, dodgy and quite dramatic effect.
  • Third photo: I used the preset solarization in black and white.

Note: The featured image was also edited with solarization but I reduced the saturation.

What do you think? Click if you wish to enlarge the photos.

I am joining Lens and Pens by Sally, who hosts each Monday the Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge. 

Shot with an iPhone5.

The schedule theme for this week’s challenge is: Editing and Processing.

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36 thoughts on “Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Editing and Processing

  1. Each and every one of these photos is amazing! You captured the street art in a way that makes us feel as if we were there looking at it with you! And great editing here too… The black and white version is also an interesting side because it showcases the firms and shapes …
    Super photos, as always:))

    • Hi Lia, glad to virtually take you along all the time. Pity you were not there for real.
      It really shows different forms and shapes depending on the treatment, and that was fascinating.
      Thank you so much!

  2. Normally, I don’t like overprocessed photos, but you made your photos of the graffiti an illustration itself! I like it, got me thinking about my fixed opinions about what a photo should look like.

    • Thank you so much for dropping by and I am glad you liked these, considering your comment. Yay! I am not a fan of over processed photos (of people and nature) when they totally change the natural features, colors, etc. and the images look like made by aliens. Some filters and effects are very beautiful though and if applied without exaggeration, you can get strong photos. You could consider it also as a tool to save images that otherwise would have been rejected.

  3. These are super-neat! Great explanations too. I think I really like the second of each trio – I know!! Surprising words from a self-confessed b&w drama co-queen. Well done xox.

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