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
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!