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What I Am Working On: Mixing it Up

Sometimes it is fun to try a different approach to your photo editing. It can be a way to create a unique image of a familiar place. This was one of my photos of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Athens:

ISO 800 10mm f/22 1/200 sec

It’s a very imposing structure and a popular photo spot. For frequent readers of this blog, you may notice the little church tucked away on the right-hand side? That’s the church you saw in my recent post about creating a vintage photo look.

When I took this particular photo I was interested in two things. First, the story that I see of the man walking past and looking up at the cathedral. Second, what I think he is looking at, the mosaic in the facade. These are the things I want to emphasise in my final photo.

This is the outcome of my edit:

ISO 800 10mm f/22 1/200 sec

My first edits were done while the file was still in full color. I cropped the image and got rid of the security camera on the left.Β  I boosted the details and also the luminosity of the image. Then on a second layer, I converted the image to black and white. I added a mask and used the brush tool to reveal the color of the mosaic.Β  Luminar 3 has a filter called “top/bottom lighting” and that is what I used next instead of a vignette. The filter allows you to pick a focus point. I put that point on the man who is looking up. You can also change the axis of the filter, I tilted it on an angle; then pulled the top portion up towards the mosaic. From there I made the top darker and the bottom lighter using the sliders provided. I think this helps the image tell the story I was after, but what do you think? Feel free to leave a comment below.


Added to Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, Unique.




25 thoughts on “What I Am Working On: Mixing it Up

  1. I love the result of your edits. Revealing the color of the mosaic and pulling the top portion up towards the mosaic made a wonderful difference; and the man looked up… A wonderful story of this image, Amy.
    Thank you so much for joining us. πŸ™‚


  2. Very impressive – and inspiring to try new things with editing tools. What software do you use? Great photo – by the way, and I like the composition pieces you chose to focus on.


  3. Very nice job on this one Amy, really like your final product. One thing I do like about P/S is the ability to bring the building into more realistic vertical alignment. Although I like luminar for other edits I still keep both products for different reasons.


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