Trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble
Trouble been doggin’ my soul since the day I was born
Worry, worry, worry, worry
Worry just will not seem to leave my mind alone

Are you wondering what ever possessed me? Trouble, I say. I had so much trouble with this image, but stubbornly refused to give up.


It started promising, I cropped and strengthen the image, adjusted the brightness and saturation. And then I made a mistake. I clicked on that darn Orton. It gave the image a very soft, dreamlike quality. But I lost some details, especially on the door handles. I went back and forth, trying to bring back the details, while retaining the Orton effect. It just wouldn’t work.

I started from the beginning, went in completely different direction, but my eye was so drawn to the Orton version, I kept coming back. I usually save all the versions I make and then view them as a slide show. The one that speaks the most to me gets to be picked.

Loré Dombaj ABF32 AfterSo, I decided to stick with my first choice and played a little bit more. Leanne Cole had an interesting post about observing the world when drawing and taking images. She made a great point how people sometimes forget to take into a consideration the natural ways of light and shadow when manipulating their images in post-processing.

I tried to see what would happen if I played around and added a soft background shadow. And now you can see how it is done in a wrong way. Because, if you look at the image logically, there is no correlation with the soft light coming from the right side and the actual shadow that the pitcher throws at the desk. But it is a nice exercise.

Loré Dombaj ABF32 AfterAfter

As an afterthought, I decided to crop the image some more and ended up with this version. In hindsight, I see what I could have done to improve the things that bother me, without losing the atmosphere of the overall image. I should have used GIMP to deal with those hinges, by merging two different images. And I could have worked around that shadow on the desk, to make the additional shadow more natural.

Guess there’s always the next time. As Ray LaMongtane said:

We’ll I’ve been saved…
by a woman
I’ve been saved…
by a woman
I’ve been saved…
by a woman
She won’t let me go
She won’t let me go now
She won’t let me go
She won’t let me go now

I am my own savior. 😉

Now go and check out other people who know what they are doing on Stacy’s blog Visual Venturing.

15 thoughts on “Trouble

  1. What a great difference from the original. I did like the one with a little bit of the table showing though. The color was nice. But the cropped close in is great!!


  2. The shadow issue was only noticeable once it was pointed out otherwise I would have been non the wiser. The soft approach seems to have worked to blur those details that were otherwise distracting around the jug. Good Edit overall.


  3. Loré, this is a lesson in how to take a rather simple image and turn it into something much better. I do like the glow effect (never heard the term “Orton,” so thanks for teaching me that). I read Leanne’s post too, so I can see where you were coming from in wanting to add the light. As Ben and Robin have said, I wouldn’t have noticed the issue either (we are are own worse critics!) I like how you’re a dog with a bone, so to speak, as you edit. I am sooo that way too. Perfectionism: time-sucker 😉


  4. Emilio Pasquale says:

    Really an improvement over the original, even if you’re not 100% in love with what you achieved. I don’t think I’ve ever used the Norton effect as it seems too much blur and too dark. But it looks like you backed off quite a bit with it and it seems to work nicely.


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