After-Before Friday is a weekly challenge hosted by Stacy Fischer on her blog Visual Venturing:
“After-Before Friday posts provide an opportunity for photographers (amateur and seasoned, alike) to share their photos, and if they wish, their post-processing decisions. The photos will provide a fun “wow” factor; the post-processing descriptions, the “how.” The goal is to enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at others’ work while picking up helpful ideas along the way that each of us can use as we work with our own photos.”
If you are interested in joining us, you can find all the details on her blog.
This is the image I took earlier this year in Milan. I was drawn by the straight lines of the buildings and that brick facade.
First I processed the image in Picmonkey where I adjusted exposure by decreasing brightness and increasing shadows. Then I adjusted colors by increasing saturation. After that I added few effects, but to be honest, I have no idea which and in what order. I think in future I’ll need to take step by step notes. Next, I processed already changed image in Pixlr.express, where I only added one more effect. In the end, I finally used Gimp to change that little piece of sky. It was my first time with Gimp, so I used the existing pattern, although I would rather use a different kind. But my patience was running out of the door, so I left it as it is.
In the end I am quite satisfied with the final image. I think the shadows and the colours give it a new DOF and the entire image looks richer. Or so I hope.
I am starting to learn a little bit more about post-processing, making a slow progress. Since I just started using Gimp, I am curious to see in which direction my explorations will take me and my photos.