Thursday, August 4, 2011

Week 30 good to WOW Edit Sunset

Wow!  I didn't know ACR had so many options, well, mine doesn't, still fascinating!  I learned a lot more about the sliders I do have and when each slider is useful even if I didn't use them for today's edits.  You should check out the video Ashley posted if you haven't already.  Anyway, here are my edits for this week's shoot and edit.

Straighten and Crop.  Fill Color a "rusty" color--masked off the top of the sky.  Fill Color a bright blue--masked off of the middle orange part of the sky.  Then a levels layer to bring up the blacks but partially masked off of the river and part of the orange part of the sky.  Resize and sharpen for web.

I basically did the same with this image, except instead of a levels layer I opened it in ACR to boost the blacks and I didn't mask off any of the rusty layer.  Usually I crop to retain my 4x6 ratio, but that crop ratio didn't work with my horizon very well and I actually really like the expansive feel I get from a more panoramic crop.

So there you have it.  I'd love to go back again when I have more time to experiment, but in the meantime happy editing!  Now I'm off to view everyone else's sunset edits; there are lots of gorgeous photos.



Ashley Sisk said...

Both edits look beautiful - and yeah, I guess I should have specified that the full version of Photoshop comes with a much more impactful version of ACR.

Kimberly said...

Gorgeous edits! Although the sooc shots were beautiful to begin with!

Chic Homeschool Mama said...

It's perfect! I really could look at that all day long.

Courtney said...

Beautiful, subtle edits. These definitely didn't need much at all. Nicely done!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous edits. Subtle but great.

Michelle said...

Awesome job at bringing out the colors and the reflection in the water!!

Dorian Susan said...

Love these Cedar. I haven't done mine yet (as usual). I too have a bridge in my image and hope I can do it the justice you've done here with your shots. Happy weekend.

Susan said...

Beautiful! I especially love the richness you brought out in the first shot. Great job!

Selena @ Stoneyville said...

Love the less is more, really made them pop!