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Weekly Photo Challenge: Look Up

Walking around the Wimpole Estate this weekend, I’ll admit I was struck by the size and grandeur of the place, but I was more drawn to the details.  This clock was one of the many furnishings that caught my attention:

ISO 400 4.3mm f/2.7 1/15

ISO 400 4.3mm f/2.7 1/15

Conveniently placed on a mantelpiece that had a mirror behind it, the photo shows some of the detail of the ceiling of the room.  I edited the original photo first in Photoshop.  I cropped the image and then removed some of the imperfections of the mirror using the healing brush.  I also sharpened the image, even though I knew I would be adding some grain later when I switched to Lightroom.

Once back in Lightroom, I used the “Aged Photo” preset as a starting point for the feel I wanted.  I added a bit of grain and darkened the corners using a vignette.  Here is the original photo:

ISO 400 4.3mm f/2.7 1/15

ISO 400 4.3mm f/2.7 1/15

A few things occurred to me while I was editing this photo.  First was the the point and shoot camera I was using has a macro setting, and it would have been interesting to use that setting to shoot this photograph and see what turned out differently.  The second thing was that this could be edited into a completely different photo focusing on the blue colors and colder tones that are available.

What made me take the photo in the first place?  From across the room, I looked up and saw the light and the way it was interacting with the clock and the mirror behind it.  I could tell from there that I wanted to create and image with blown out light behind the trumpet blowing angel.  A bit of a cliche perhaps, but it appealed to me.

Does that happen to you, that you look and see the image you want to create instead of the photo you are going to take? Do you like my take on the photo or do you think and cooler, blue version might appeal to you more?  Feel free to leave a comment below.



17 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Look Up

  1. Really love your final image and that you chose to go with warm tones, giving a sense of positivity to the whole image, along with the angel blowing the trumpet. Had you made it blue, I think the image would resemble something out of a horror movie. I don’t usually think about post-processing when I’m out taking photos, prefering to take in the scenes around me and then work with what I’ve got back home 🙂


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  3. I think I like the edited one best, maybe because of its atmosphere thanks to the sepialike tones.
    Like Mabel I do not think about editing while taking the photo, only now and then about the possibilities of cropping the image. Normally I look at the photos on the computer and think what I could do with them to make them look better, especially the ones that I do not find that interesting on first sight. After a bit of fooling around the picture sometimes surprises me. For example when I have converted a photo with little colour into a black and white one.


  4. I like your thoughts around the capturing and processing this photo. Often I think about the end result more than the actual photo I take, but sometimes I just take a photo to see what I can make of it later in the process. Both images I like very much, but my favourite is the first one that you have aged, so to speak. 🙂


  5. I always associated clock with the past and I think I love the pictures that has been edited. I usually take pictures without thinking too much, then after I’m surprised when it’s really good 😀


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