At the Park

At the park
At the Park

During a photowalk last June in Chicago, Illinois our group wondered up and down North Ave. Beach.  It was a very jovial group and a great time. Most of our attention was towards photographing the skyline;  the weather was nice, and the evening was slowly turning into night. Clouds presented a perfect opportunity for shooting, it all seemed to work.  That was when I suddenly turn my back and saw this couple talking at the park.  It seemed like they were enjoying a great picnic. Didn’t think much of them at the beginning, but about 5 minutes later I decided to take some photos.

I processed the image in Lightroom 5.3  As you can see after adjusting the sliders in the original image I was still not happy with the results.  That’s when I decided to use the help of my friend Alien Skin Software – Exposure 4.  Alien Skin has a load of very creative and nice filters that allow for easy customization after selecting the one you want to use. For this specific image I selected the No Halation – Strong Wood Effect from the B&W Infrared section. I like the finish this effect creates on the photos; it not only transforms it to a special infrared monochrome, but it also adds that clean and glassy wood texture to the elements that make up your photographic capture. You will need to play with the effect a little, because if overdone it will make your photo look too unreal. On the other hand, if done correctly, it will add a layer of glow and smoothness that will separate this photo from the others.  After that, still in Alien Skin, I worked on the color sensitivity slider until I got an image I was happy with.  All that with the color filter off and the overall intensity at 95.

After re-importing the image in Lightroom and doing a little touch up (mainly contrast, vibrance, shadows and clarity) this is the final result:

At the park
At the park

Although I use several different filters for my post processing, there is no doubt Alien Skin is close to the top of the line.  If you are considering to add a set of filters to your Lightroom or Photoshop processing, you can’t possibly go wrong if you decide to add any of the products from Alien Skin Software to your group.

Hope you liked the resulting image and stay tuned for more tips in the future.

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