Gated Entry

Yet another photo from my minimalism trip to Del Mar. This particular subject caught my eye because of the interesting lines and curves created by a metal entryway gate. I composed the image to include part of the wall as an anchor, and I cropped it to cut off most of the gate and just leave the curves behind. Once I opened it up for processing, I found that there were a lot of really neat textures and saturated colors to be found in there too.

Gated Entry Process

  1. Original JPEG
  2. Processed RAW
    Just a slight bump in contrast and saturation using ACR.
  3. Hard Mix Layer Blend
    Blended at 62% opacity and 32% fill, while using a mask to exclude the tops of the metal bars to prevent overexposure and loss of detail.
  4. Curves Adjustment
    A bit of an “S” curve with the same mask (but at 50% gray) to put the finishing touches on the contrast and color. This step also brought out a lot of texture and rust color on the fronts of the metal bars.
  5. Sharpening
    Oversharpened at 124%, 2.8 pixels, and threshold of 1 in order to give it more of a “rough” feel.

Gated Entry

** You can also see this photo on Flickr and Zooomr **

Photo by Brian Auer
09/22/07 Del Mar, CA
Gated Entry
Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D
Konica Minolta AF DT 18-200
225mm equiv * f/6.7 * 1/350s * ISO100

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About Brian Auer

a photography enthusiast from North Idaho. He's also the guy behind the Epic Edits Weblog. As a hobbyist photographer since 2003, his passion has been to constantly improve his photography skill set, to share his own knowledge with others, and to become an integral part of the photographic community.

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