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This week’s photo for the After Before Forum was taken at last weekend’s Light Move Festival. This is a festival where the city centre is plunged into darkness, light projections are projected onto the side of buildings, and light sculptures are placed in parks.
One of the issues of shooting in the dark is the exposure. If you want nice crisp images then a tripod and low ISO are in order. However if you are in a street filled with people, pulling a tripod out may not be the easiest and best way to take a picture. This week’s picture was taken on the way to the festival at the top of the main street. A tripod was not at option. I shot at 3200 ISO at 1/10 sec with an 18mm lens leaning against an alcove for extra stability. I took a series of shots because I had an idea of how I wanted to edit the picture.
I started by increasing the exposure to open up the details.
I did all my lens corrections and most importantly reduced the colour noise, but left the luminance noise alone.
I added a radial adjustment to reduce the blown out highlights in the coloured devil horn headbands.
I took the 8 exposures and synced the adjustments. I loaded the exposures into Photoshop as layers and aligned them. With each layer starting at the bottom I halved the opacity; this reduces the noise in the picture and also creates a long exposure feel with the ghosting of the pedestrians. Also anything still is preserved just like a long exposure.
I imported the picture back to Lightroom and played around with Curves and Saturation to get the most out of the colours.
Although I had reduced the noise I wanted it reduced a bit more. I created a radial adjustment around the bench and vendor to preserve this area and reduced the noise around it. The noise around the bench although not desirable is good as it adds the impression of detail.
I thought the vendor was a bit lost in the picture. I used the adjustment brush to brighten him and bumped the shadows as well
For a picture which was quite dark to begin with I have been able to open it up and make it usable. You can get a feeling of the atmosphere from the festival and mostly the anticipation I felt heading to the main sceptical.
Week 62 Entries For The After Before Friday Forum
Benjamin Rowe Aperture64
For this week’s ABF. I used LR and Efex Color Pro to process.
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