This is the Fontana dell’Acqua Paola:
Like many things in Rome, it is both beautiful and imposing. It was evening time when we were walking past it, so the light was lovely. Here is the original photo:
Nice, but it needed a bit of a punch. But first things first, this isn’t the only shot I took of the fountain. In fact, when I was shooting I managed to get a few shots that didn’t have any people in them. I thought that one of those images would be the one I like the best. Nope, as I looked through my photos this one became my favorite, in part because there were people in it. They give a good sense of the scale of this fountain. So in my edit, I made sure that the man’s white shirt had a bit of pop.
I used my wide angle lens to get this shot, and in Lightroom, I used the Lens Correction feature to take care of some of the distortion. I also cropped the image a bit using the straighten tool within the crop tool.
I like the tones and light in the original photo, but I did want to boost and clarify them, it was my thought that this should be a bit of an aggressive color image, and it was a bit tame as shot. I put a neutral density filter on the image and then boosted the luminance of the various blue tones to get what I was after. I then sharpened the image a bit, but honestly, the other edits had already made the image appear sharper, so I didn’t go nuts with that.
So do you like the edits? Did this image pop out to you and was that a good thing? Feel free to leave a comment below.