I very rarely will post my original images, in part because I don’t want to drive my guru and friend, Jack Graham, to tears wondering if he has wasted hours of his life teaching me to photograph. I look at every photograph I make and try to remember what it was that compelled me to push the shutter. I mean there had to be something there that I reacted to and was willing to invest time in taking, editing, and processing an image. This was one of those images.
Peter and I were walking through Chinatown in San Francisco one morning. I love the experience much more since we started photographing. We casually hop-scotched across the street to try to capture unique elements of the environment. I think what appeals to me the most about this location is the different textures and colors. So here is my original capture – no editing.
After doing some basic adjustments in Lightroom (cropped, increased the shadows, reduced the highlights), I ran it through Topaz’s new ReStyle plug-in. I am very excited about this software, and may write in more depth about it in a later post. Once I focused in and realized it was the red tones that compelled me to take the picture, I accentuated them by picking one of ReStyle’s presets in the Architecture category.
I still felt there was more potential. So I ran the image through Alien Skin’s Snap Art 3, to give it a painterly effect. This is one of their Pastel presets.
If you’d like more information about either of these plug-ins let me know.