He asked us to choose a ‘throw-away’ photo, those we wish we had done better than that…and take them through a rescue mission in Lightroom. The next step is the best! Mitch would take our photo through his post-processing magic and improve it! Who can refuse such an offer?
I choose a photo I took during Amsterdam Sail 2015. Tall ships come from across the world to take part in SAIL Amsterdam, which takes place every five years and sees hundreds of boats accompanying these historic vessels on a trip from Ijmuiden, in the western Netherlands, to the capital.
The one I chose for this challenge is one of them. I waited with anticipation for the sail out event when all ships would leave shore at the same time. I especially wanted to shoot the sailors climbing the rigging on the Tall ship and staying there all the way during the procession of vessels.
There were many boats following them, and many people, like me, who had the same idea. This is the closest I could get. I had to deal with a 120mm lens, which wasn’t enough to capture the sailors, as well as poor light conditions. I shot anyways and hoped for the best with Lightroom.
Here are the results I achieved and the various steps I took.
In short this is what I did: Auto Tone. Camera Calibration. Lens Correction. Cropping. Clarity. Vibrance. Saturation. Highlights. White Balance. Sharpening. Graduated Filter. Radial Filter. Tone Curve. And a few more light touches.
- improving the original in Lightroom
2. Applying an analog filter (color)
3. Converting to monochrome in Silver Efex Pro2 to achieve silhouete and applied filter fully dynamics soft
4. Applying filter Antique in Silver Efex Pro 2. It feels like a scene from a bygone era.
And here is the original RAW file, as shot.
Mitch, I am sure you will do much better than that. Looking forward to learning more from you.