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After a week’s break from the “After and Before forum” due to thanksgiving I am back with a different approach to what I have shared before.
I came across this closed amusement park while walking around the city looking for interest things to photograph. The amusement park is still in business, it just closes in the autumn and winter months. I have though never visited during the summer.
The scene was already quite a flat when taking the picture; the leaves had all fallen from the trees and lost their orange glow turning to brown. The day was quite cold around -5 and it could be felt in the colours and the defused light.
I took three exposures and merged them together into a 32bit image to process. Although this gave me a nice tonal range, I wasted it by exporting the image to Color Efex. In exporting the image it is converted to a 16bit image. Color Efex is part of the Niksoft’s editing suite, which is now owned by Google. Color Efex offers a plethora of filters and each filter can be adjusted individually as well as being applied selectively using control points. Usually when editing in Color Efex I play around a lot, I add a filter test it, add another and then move them up and down in their position. I have also created many presets that I apply and then tweak. To be honest although I feel competent using Color Efex I can’t say that I know the program by heart. One negative of using Color Efex and any filter in Lightroom is that you can’t go back and make changes later unlike in Photoshop when you have a smart object.
After editing I went back through the filters I applied, I had actually only applied three.
Dark contrast- works by boosting the contrast in the shadows as well as the midtones, creating a bit more texture in the image.
Levels and Curves- overall brightening the whole image.
Back in Lightroom I sharpened the image set the black and white points and increased the clarity.
I am really happy with the final image, it has an eeriness that translates well from when I was standing there as well as having the feeling of a 70’s horror film. Remember kids don’t go and play in the old amusement park!
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