This post started with a visit to Chateau Gaillard, which is a castle that was built by Richard the Lionheart and sits on the bank of the River Seine in Normandy, France. As you can see from this original shot, it was a beautiful day:
My first edit was this one:
I was initially happy with it, but decided last week to take another shot at it and here is the second edit:
The first change, was a minor one to the cropping. The second was to change the tones just a bit before applying other boosting edits like changes to the sky and sharpening. None of these second edits were massively different than the first, but overall I like the second version better.
What do you think, do you prefer one version over the other or are these similar enough that you don’t have a particular preference? Your thoughts and comments are welcome below.
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One edit that I do to almost every photo is a crop. I don’t have a set in stone way to approach it but often it’s the first edit I do. I’m usually thinking something like, what do I really want to say in this photograph?:
In this case I knew I wanted it to be about the boulders, their imposing and larger than life presence in the landscape. To do this I was thinking about having them seem to almost spill out of the bottom of the frame. While a good rule of thumb with photography is often to have something all the way in the frame and not running into the edges, in this case I was going to deliberately choose the opposite.
In Luminar, two cropping overlays are available for use. They are the rule of thirds and the perhaps less known golden ratio. While I don’t always crop using these guidelines, I usually at least give it a thought. They both provide a helpful guide to making a stronger composition. If you are interested in a comparison and explanation of the two methods, this is a good place to start. Here are two screen shots showing how the lines look within the editing software.
Cropped using the rule of thirds:
Cropped using the golden ratio:
I went with the golden ratio for this crop. It fit well not only with my overflowing boulders, but with the path in the middle of the photograph:
From there I warmed up the ground quite a bit, it helped throw the sky into a more dramatic contrast. I have also sharpened the photo, which particularly brought out some of the interesting detail in the boulders.
What do you think of the edits? Do you have a preferred way to crop your photos? Your comments are welcome below.
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Part of the appeal of visiting Athens is its history. These two photo were taken from Areopagus Hill, the spot where St. Paul is said to have preached to the Athenians of his time. From one vantage point, there are excellent views of the Acropolis.
Another view shows the Ancient Agora and the sprawl of the modern city.
I liked both views, but was interested in editing them in different ways. The view of the Acropolis, I wanted to keep in color and retain the vivid feel of that late afternoon. I added a split tone filter that I thought maintained the interesting contrast of colors and accentuated the layers of rock, trees, rock, sky.
For the modern city, I was interested in black and white to distill the image a bit, and I have purposely made the whites in the image hazy and glowing a bit to represent the bustle of the modern city.
What a view, if you visit Athens I would recommend taking the time to climb this spot. Watch your step though, the rocks are well worn and quite slippery. As for my two interpretations, do you have a favorite? feel free to comment below.
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I traveled pretty far to get this shot:
Shot while on safari in Serengeti National Park, I could tell you some dramatic tail (see what I did there?) of how we snuck up on this guy, but it would be a lie. We drove as near as we could get while still staying on the road and then I took this photo, he didn’t even stir. When I went to edit this photo this week, I wanted to express a dream-like feel in the image. I started with a crop, but made sure to keep the little lizard in the frame. It’s a small, easy to miss detail, but I liked it. One of the edits I did was to add a LUT called Beijing to this photo. It is basically a pre-set series of edits, and it helped create this look:
LUTs are something I don’t know a whole lot about, so in the future I will be researching them a bit more. First I might take a nap though…
Your thoughts on the photo and its edit are welcome below.
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I took this photograph in Normandy, France:
What attracted me to the scene was the colors. Also the various lines in the scene, the shoreline, the pier, and the horizon. So when I went to edit, the first thing I did was to crop and straighten the photo, to accentuate some of those lines:
The next step was to remove some dust spots that were visible and also the two people that were on the pier. These small edits helped to distill the image down to what I wanted. My next edits were to boost and clarify the colors. I kept these edits to a minimum because in my opinion the scene was beautiful as it was.
What do you think, do the edits stay close enough to the original? do the lines in this image appeal to you? Feel free to leave a comment below.
Added to A Photo A Week: On the Horizon.
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