I took this picture the other day when we were at the coast and initially I was going to toss it…
Sister in the background.
Underexposed face, his expression was almost unrecognizable.
But then I thought of Monica’s ‘before and after’ blog hop.
And I thought I’d see if I could salvage it.
I cropped it. Rotated it. And removed his sister, as well as various small rocks. Just because I can.
I upped the exposure and the sharpness on his face.
I used Sarah Ji’s ‘boost’ preset and messed around with the luminance and saturation of the blues until I liked the color of the water behind him.
And I was happy.
Then, just for fun, I added the LR preset ‘punch’…
because I still can’t resist going overboard.
I use a Nikon D90 with a 1.4 50mm lens. And edit in LR2.
Check out Monica’s blog hop to play along.
I love the brightness and saturation!
I like the extra punch! great edit!
O Schrock says
Excellent way to save a photo! I like the result!
I laughed that you removed some stuff (and a sister!) from the photo "just because I can"! Yep, I've been known to do that too! Too bad it doesn't work that way in real life, huh!
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Girly Girl Mommy says
Wow, you are good girl!
Keeper, for sure!
Courtney K. says
Great job salvaging this one! I love the brightness and the colors!
you really saved this pic! The edits are really great and now you can see his little face. The colors are gorgeous!
P.S. I LOVE your blog title. Too funny!
I really love the "punched" pic! It almost has a bit of edge to it! Nicely done!
love it! I'm a sucker for siblings in the back ground 🙂 two for one!
I like the original – but you did an amazing job with the edit!
I'm actually having the same "urges" in lightroom..I love going "overboard"!! I'm like a girl in the candy store..I have to keep trying one more thing!! ha ha
I think it's a beautiful edit!!
Great job! Your children are gorgeous.
I also think the SOOC was really good, but your edit gave it a totally different fun feel.
Christy @ Life As Mum says
And salvage it you did! Great job! I love the "overboard" version. Wonderful!
Wow, that looks amazing! Good job!
*I'm really sad because my camera is broken. No more photos for me….until I can afford to get another one. I hope it's before Isabella starts Kindergarten and Joey starts pre-school in July!*
Thanks for stopping by my blog! I also love your edit – isn't LR wonderful!!!! Looking forward to reading more on your great blog!
loki photography says
Very cute, nice save!
wow u sure have made the pic nice and bright. love it
i have joined in too
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adorable, I love the composition. I need to learn how to change the exposesure on just the face . . .
Oh, I needs some SERIOUS tutoring!! This is so great!!!!
Love the colors! Great shot!
Pixel Perfect says
Great way to pop the color and crop!
I love the color pop!
Proof that I've gotta learn the art of editing!
Love the crop and pop!
Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,
I'm impressed – I'd have tossed that one too….great job 'removing' the sister – I might have to break down and get LR2.
PS – I'm a Nikon fan too – been using one since I started shooting crime scenes in the 80's. And I'm afraid that learning that work and surveilance kind of 'ruined' me….ah well….skill sets are important!
hugs – aus and co.
Great job my LR friend! I joined in this week too~
Great edit…gorgeous boy…cute shorts 🙂