Railroad Romance

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.


11 thoughts on “Railroad Romance

  1. javi yanes

    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

  2. the_wolf_brigade

    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.

  3. libeco

    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!

  4. Ryan

    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!

  5. Max.milion

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

  6. Tibor

    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.

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