Railroad Romance

Rich Legg | 09/11/2007 | Unknown Location | 104mm * f/5.0 * 1/250s * ISO100
[See it at LeggNet’s Digital Capture] [See it at Flickr]

This week’s photoblog is a special edition. The photo isn’t mine, but it’s one that I processed. Rich Legg ran a small project by calling photoshoppers out to process one of his untouched photos. I barely squeaked my way in by being the fifth one to contact him. I won’t go into all of the details on why I processed this image the way I did, because I’ve already done so on the project results page over at Rich’s blog — so go definitely check it out!

Railroad Romance Post-Processing

  1. Original JPEG
    Here’s what the full-sized JPEG image straight out of the camera looked like.
  2. Processed RAW
    I didn’t do much processing in ACR on this one. Auto Exposure settings with slight adjustments. And I cropped it way down (for reasons mentioned on Rich’s blog). I also cloned out the rock in the bottom right corner.
  3. Curves Adjustment Layer
    I brought up the contrast a little with an “S” curve to start things off.
  4. Channel Mixer Adjustment Layer
    I ran the channel mixer with 34% red, 66% green, and the output set to Monochrome. This made a black and white image, but I then set the blend mode to Overlay and reduced the opacity to 80%.
  5. Saturation Adjustment Layer
    I reduced the saturation by bringing the level down to -35 and leaving the Hue and Lightness alone at zero.
  6. Photo Filter Adjustment Layer
    I used an LBA Warming Filter set at 35% density to warm up the image. I should have reduced this value for web output because the web browsers tend to show things slightly oversaturated, but this is how I sent the file back to Rich.


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Nice job, Brian! I really like your reinterpretation of the photo. Very nice and timeless photo.

January 17, 2008 1:13 am

Thanks Trevor, just what I was going for!

January 17, 2008 2:27 am

i like that kind of tones, good job .i´m trying to find a soft looking for some photos and this is a star.

thanks Brian

January 17, 2008 3:01 am

Very much identifiable as your style. Certainly there are elements of the photo I would comment on if it were your photo, but the processing is spot on. It definitely fits the photo.

January 17, 2008 6:50 am

Thanks man! It’s good to hear that I have a “style”, nonetheless one that can be identified!

January 17, 2008 9:51 am

Of the contestants you cropped the most extreme and it turned out excellent. The look of those jeans is absolutely the way it should be, timeless!

January 17, 2008 10:38 am

Wow, fantastic processing work. And very nice step-by-step you provided. I’m always looking for new Photoshop techniques and different approaches to things. Thanks!

January 17, 2008 4:42 pm

from a normal photo to something that catches attention for a moment or two ! Thanks for sharing :-)

January 18, 2008 3:38 am

I’ve just seen all four participants’ results on Rich’s blog.

I know that it is rather subjective but for me your version was the most creative, telling and attractive.

Congratulations and thanks for sharing the workflow.

January 18, 2008 3:41 am

^^I’m in total agreement! Even the subjective bit :D

January 18, 2008 6:04 pm

The results are amazing – and this is a smart idea.

January 18, 2008 7:07 pm

Comment now!