Before and After-A Lantern Image

December 04, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

We recently had our first trip to Nashville, TN.  My husband had some business meetings and I tagged along. We have some dear friends who live just outside of Nashville and I couldn't pass up the chance to visit with them.  It had been nearly two years since we had seen them.  I took this pictures on one of the days we were downtown in Nashville.  It was mid to late afternoon.  This building was in the shade, but I loved the blue color and the black lantern on it.  As we were walking, I stopped and quickly snapped this photo.  I knew it would need help in post.  My original idea was to turn it to black and white but when I did so, it just didn't look right.  For one thing, the light was still turned off. There's just something cold and sad about a light that's out. Bummer.  What to do...

Well, in post I cropped it and darkened the edges and then..."I turned on the light" using a brush tool.  I also added a radial filter so I could control the way the light was hitting the wall and also to warm up just the part of the wall where the yellow light was "shining" but leave the edges a cooler blue.  I like the way this image turned out.  It reminds me of how seeing our friends again, warmed my heart.  I think turning on the light made all the difference!  What do you think?  


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