I think I am going to file this too: never do this again.
It all started out well enough, I was looking at this file, taken at Hadrian’s Wall:
It’s nice but needs a bit of work. So, from that I created this version:
Before dealing with the exposure, I applied a crop. I’ve used the rule of thirds overlay for this because, as I suspected, there was a stronger composition lurking within the original file. Then I considered the exposure; this image was created using the shadows slider to lighten the shadows, then I moved the black and white sliders around until the image looked good to me. I sharpened the photo by increasing the details sliders just a bit.
Then I created this black and white version:
That is now lost for all time. I state in a very dramatic fashion. Here’s what I did wrong. After making this version and saving off a blog-sized copy, I went back in the history to the color version and did the steps to add a watermark. I saved off my blog-sized copy of that. Then when I dropped the history tab again to go back to the black and white version, all that history was gone.
Two things, somehow that seems like that shouldn’t have happened and at the same time, I feel like I should have known that would happen. So yes, I should have saved a full-size version of that black and white prior to mucking about in the history. In Luminar, the way I am doing that (when I am doing things properly) is to export it to my hard drive labeled as a version. In my formatting on my drive, this version would have been: file number + Lum + BW.
Instead, I have just a smaller, blog version. So, I am writing this cautionary blog post to remind myself to do it differently next time.
What do you think of my color version versus the black and white? I have to say that I personally prefer the color, in my opinion, there is a bit of something that just didn’t translate into the black and white. Feel free to leave a comment below.
My Instagram version is here:
Color version is on Picfair.
Added to Cee’s Black and White Challenge, Fences and Gates.