Tweaking (tardy) Tuesday: Visiting Vecinos

Another flashback to another part of the world. It was March 2008, and I was on a busi- ness trip to Spain. It was a lovely foggy morning as I left Salamanca and drove eastward to my next destination. As was my custom for producing a photo-journal for each 2334-03-02-08-sof my travels, I had made shots of my accommodations the previous evening, and had forgotten to change the white-balance settings from incandescent back to daylight, so when I made a stop near the town of Vecinos for this landscape, all of my photos were hideously greenish and washed-out. I tried, at the time, to correct the problem with Photoshop Elements, but have just had another go at it  with my recently-acquired Lightroom knowledge and further help from the more-advanced Photoshop program. This is much closer to an accurate representation of how it looked at the time and how I visualized the scene when I came upon it, eight and a half years ago.Near Vecinos-AI am actually a day late in posting this, as I had prepared it for yesterday (Tuesday). I first reworked the color balance in Lightroom, starting with increasing the temperature, then fine-tuned the most important areas with Photoshop, and finally just gave it a mild tone- mapping with Nik to bring out the details in the deep shadows and bright highlights. ¡Olé!

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14 Responses to Tweaking (tardy) Tuesday: Visiting Vecinos

  1. shoreacres says:

    It is interesting, what can be done with all these programs. Quite apart from the color issues, I really like the shape of the two trees in the foreground. Their trunks are quite appealing.

  2. Meanderer says:

    I can’t see the image very well because it’s quite small, but I like the first image and the blue colour – it lends a wonderful atmosphere to the scene. I guess it depends on whether one is after photo-realism (whatever that is :-) ).

    • krikitarts says:

      I’ve complied with your subtly-expressed wish and posted the original version at good resolution in a new post, M. Sometimes I am after photo-realism and sometimes not. It all depends on the setting and my mood when I made an image, my state of mind when processing it, and possibly also the phase of the moon…

      • Meanderer says:

        Ha, ha – yes. I’ve just seen a glimpse of the almost full Supermoon as it appeared in the Eastern sky.

        Thank you for posting the image, Gary. I like it very much.

  3. seekraz says:

    One’s socks would get soaked walking through there! Beautiful place, nicely captured, and re-imagined, Gary….

  4. Fortunately we can now take pictures in RAW mode and determine the white balance later.

    ¡Olé has its place but in a café au lait takes precedence.

  5. Adrian Lewis says:

    Yes I like the closest two trees too; B&W might be an idea. And whatever tone mapping is in Nik, you’re ahead of me there! A :)

    • krikitarts says:

      OK, I’m thinking I’ll have to give that a go. Tone mapping is nothing more than applying some of the principles of high-dynamic-range processing to a single image, using the software to bring out additional detail in the bright highlights and deep shadows. When you want to work with an image that’s too high in contrast for your liking, open it in Nik’s HDR Efex Pro program If you have it (it’s part of the suite and, I believe, is still available at no cost) and you have the option of Merge (Multiple Image Series) and Tone Mapping (Single lmage). Simply select the latter and have some fun!

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