Turn the Page

Here I am.  On the road again..  

Just kidding.  Kind of.

Because I did spend a few hours exploring Portland's West End yesterday, and while I didn't get a ton of really great shots, this is one I'm particularly excited about.  I was walking along the Western Prom, looking around, as I always do.  Then I saw this magazine sitting on this bench, and the pages were getting turned by the wind - like something out of a cheesy horror flick.  I knew that getting a shot of those pages mid-turn would look awesome, almost surreal, in a way.  I took probably 30 shots of just this magazine (yeah, I get a little excited sometimes), and this was my favorite one.  For those wondering, it was an AARP Monthly magazine - I could see why someone would leave it behind.


Whenever I see images that I really like out there on the web (or anywhere, really) I often try to imagine how the photographer edited the image to get it to like that.  Well, I thought it might be helpful to leave the guesswork out for those of you who are interested, and tell you what I did.  Expect to see this on future posts, as well.

I had several different compositions of this scene, but I liked this one the best, because you can see some of the background (notice the building across the street), which provides a little dimension, even though the background is "blown out" (blurred, intentionally).  The first thing I did was switch it over to black and white - the colors weren't particularly stunning, mostly just green grass with a little bit of brown from the bench.  Then I boosted the contrast, since B&W images are best when they have more contrast (in my opinion).  Then I "warmed up" the tone a little bit with some Split Toning, by making the lighter shades in the image have a slightly yellowish tint.  Then I added a slight vignette, just for fun.  That's pretty much it.  I don't believe in editing my images too heavily - I'll spend a few minutes per image, at most.  What do you think? Love it? Hate it? Let me know!


  • Switched to Black and White

  • Boosted contrast

  • Added yellowish tint to highlights by using Split Toning

  • Added slight vignette

PS: If you enjoyed the little bit about how I edited this image, and want to see more of that on future posts, COMMENT below!