Making a “Candy”: the Transformation of a Shot
Делая "конфетку": трансформация кадра
When we were at the swamp last Sunday, there was that fog and I wanted to capture a beautiful picture of the sunrise with rays of the sun shining through the fog. Right before we were going to leave, I snapped this shot. Honestly, I didn’t think of it as of a keeper, but I decided to give it a chance. This post is about the transformation I made to this shot in post-processing. I fully edited it in ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) and I’m going to share all of my steps here.
After some initial cropping and straightening the image looked like this:
Step 1. Basic adjustments. First of all I added some clarity to see if I can get those sun rays more prominent.
I also changed the whole tone of the image adding A LOT of magenta. My tint setting went from +9, as it was in camera, to +48. I love that landscapes oftentimes make it possible to set the White Balance creatively.
Step 2. Then I made some selective adjustments via Adjustment Brush tool.
1) Added some more Clarity to the bottom of the image. I also made the rays brighter adding warmth to them, and lifted up Shadows to bring out the grass.
2) Added even more Clarity (and lifted up the exposure just a tad).
3) Made the upper part of the sky more blue, like it usually is right before the sunrise.
4) Made the middle part of the sky even more purple to make it pop by adding more Magenta.
5) Brought down the exposure and Highlights in the sun area.
Step 3. Working in the HSL panel. I still didn’t like the trees being blowed out, so I selectively lowered the brightness of the oranges and yellows in the Luminance tab.
Step 4. As a final step I added some more saturation to the purples, oranges and yellows.
The before shot: