Pastel Paris - Before and After

Before and After

Before After

One of the best things about digital photography is that you can go back and reprocess images that you might have missed from previous trips. This particular image was one of the first I took while I was setting up for blue hour in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.   I ended up processing an image that was much later in time when the blue was really hitting its peak.  I never really gave this one much thought, but as I was looking through my albums this week I noticed for the first time its potential in terms of post processing. I finally was able to "see" what it really "could be".

See over the last several years, as I have developed my photography and post processing skills, I have begun to really see the potential in my images as well as have the post processing skills necessary to express those ideas.  Its been a long road to get to this point but I can finally see all of the ingredients coming together and It feels so wonderful. I still have a long ways to go, but its wonderful to finally be at this point.  I feel like what is "possible", is finally at my finger tips.

How this shot was made. Canon 5D mkII, Canon 50mm f1.4 0.4 sec, ISO 100, f9

5 bracketed exposures taken on location. Merged using the Merge to 32-bit HDR plug-in from Photomatix. Basic adjustments in Lightroom 4 before exporting to photoshop cs6 for further adjustments.

Techniques and plug-ins used: Nik color efex pro 4, luminance masking techniques for saturation, foreground color balance, and contrast. Motion blur filter for sky. Highpass filter for sharpening. Lighten layer blending for car lights. Final export using lightroom 4.

Pastel Paris