Park Bench

 Friday, April 1, 2011

Whenever I go on a shoot, I always go through pick my favorite shots, edit them and post them.  But them sometimes my second favorite shots get overlooked, especially because I lot of them may look boring straight out of camera.  So since I haven't shot anything new at all this week (soo bad!) I've still been going through shots from my Pasadena Huntington Library shoot looking for pictures that I may have overlooked because of their desperate need for editing!

So I came across this picture of a bench.  I thought it was kinda cool and that the composition was kinda unique but it definitely needed some desperate post production help! This is the shot straight out of camera:


First I rotated and cropped just SLIGHTLY to straighten it out a little bit. Then I ran Pioneer Woman's Boost Action twice, flattened, and ran MCP's Mini Fusion Action and adjusted the layers a bit. I also used to clone stamp tool to remove some of the yellow caution tape around the benches arm. Then I duplicated the layer and went to Filter-->Render-->Lighting Effects, changed the setting from spotlight to omni and centered the circle around the bench and made it much larger.  I hit ok then lowered the opacity of the layer to around 15%, which just makes it look like there's a bit of sunshine falling right on the bench.  This is what I got:


Much more interesting I think! Then for fun I ran Soulful's Everyday Vintage Action and added a little texture and got this.


So my lesson for the week is sometimes pictures you overlook, just need a little help!



Nicole April 1, 2011 at 10:20 AM  

The color edit is definitely my favorite. Also, I find a diamond in the rough every once in a while. A picture I assume is helpless just needs a little TLC. Great capture and great edit!

Adriana Iris April 1, 2011 at 10:25 AM  

great little post reminds me to keep those shots at times we just ignore.

Cecily R April 1, 2011 at 10:42 AM  

I think my favorite is the vintage edit. Very cool.

I like Adriana's comment too--makes me want to go back of shots I ignored before!

Ashley Sisk April 1, 2011 at 10:57 AM  

Hmmm these are nice - I might like your color edit just a little more.

Jessica April 1, 2011 at 12:15 PM  

Wow, what a difference the editing made! I love the color and vintage edits! Both are great!! :D

One April 1, 2011 at 4:24 PM  

Wow! You have made the bench come alive! Thanks for sharing. Am following your blog.

Point & Shoot April 1, 2011 at 5:50 PM  

Thanks for the comment. Luv the vintage edit.

Bella Skye April 1, 2011 at 6:09 PM  

I really like the edits! :)

Bella Skye

Mom Photographer April 1, 2011 at 11:05 PM  

love your edits, but the picture itself is pretty cool!

Alyson and Ford April 2, 2011 at 1:06 AM  

I love the "color edit" one, really has the bench as the focal point and brings out the pathway; love the little pebbles.

Alyzabeth's Mommy

Just Bits and Pieces April 2, 2011 at 7:35 AM  

Beautiful edits....the color one really speaks to me!

Michelle April 3, 2011 at 9:27 AM  

Great edits -- cause I would have been like you and "eh" on the sooc and probably skipped on it. But the edit sure brought it to life! Love it!

Tara April 3, 2011 at 5:37 PM  

Great edits, I think I like the color edit the best! Thanks for linking up!

Jennifer April 4, 2011 at 11:36 AM  

These are beautiful! I love the colour edit you did!

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