ABFriday: Derelict Boat

Happy New Year! And what better way to start the year off than with After Before Friday, sponsored by Stacy Fischer at Visual Venturing. To see how other photographers interpreted this month’s photograph, click here.

This month’s selection came from Laura Macky, whose past participation encouraged many of us to up our game after seeing her imagination let loose. Laura is a fantastic photographer; I follow her on Facebook and also on her blog, Laura Macky Photography.

Laura’s picture looked pretty good to me without any adjustments:

Original Photo
Original Photo

I did a minor correction to the horizon, using the far shore as my leveling point. I enhanced the colors, contrast, saturation, etc. in Lightroom. I also applied a preset by Matt Kloskowski called “Game Day”. I don’t usually use presets in Lightroom, but I liked how this brought out the colors and textures in Laura’s photograph. I also did a hard crop, to bring better focus on the bow of the boat. That was strictly a judgment call; the picture could easily have done without a crop. I didn’t do any cloning, although in hindsight, I wish I’d gotten rid of that piece of metal sticking out of the front of the boat.

After Lightroom adjustments, including the Matt Koslowski preset, "Game Day"
After Lightroom adjustments, including the Matt Kloskowski preset, “Game Day”

I tried one other crop – a square. It was only okay.

After Lightroom adjustments, cropped to a square
After Lightroom adjustments, cropped to a square

Topaz Labs came out with a new package that uses textures. I wanted to try it out! I liked the outcome, but I need to play more with these presets before being satisfied with how my work looks.

Topaz Textures, "Summer Haze"
Topaz Textures, “Summer Haze”

The preset, “Bold”, in Topaz Adjust gave everything a gritty look. This picture held up well with that and I considered just stopping here. I was surprised to see the light arc in the sky. It’s there in all the pictures, but not noticeable unless you look for it.

Topaz Adjust, "Bold"
Topaz Adjust, “Bold”

I also tried Topaz Simplify. It didn’t turn out badly – I liked all the textures better – but this worked better than I expected. It gives it more of a graphic look.

Topaz Simplify, "Painting 2"
Topaz Simplify, “Painting 2”

And lastly, I decided to play around in Topaz Black and White. I did it just to experiment a bit more. The colors were so rich and vivid, I couldn’t imagine not playing them up. Well, it shows how wrong that thinking was. This desaturated look from “Milk Memories” turned out to be my favorite. The hazy, gauzy look really played up the abandoned feeling of this boat.

Topaz Black & White, "Milk Memories" with the black grunge border #5
Topaz Black & White, “Milk Memories” with the black grunge border #5

Now that I look at them all again, I’m thinking maybe I do like the colors in the Topaz Simplify better. Maybe. Maybe not.

Still, it was fun to try things out and see what worked and what didn’t.

As always, let me know what you think! Did I pick it right or would you have picked something else? Don’t be shy – let me know!

If you want to see what I did in other challenges, click here.

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I am a backyard adventurer, philosopher and observer, recording my life in journals and photographs. Visit my blog at www.livingtheseasons.com.

15 Comments Leave a comment

  1. Boats and water give endless opportunities. I like the cropped one – the rough textures and contrasts are nice – but wish the sky wasn’t quite so …something…strong/bold/intense as it overpowers the boat. Really fun to watch the variations

  2. hello dogear6 its dennis the vizsla dog hay wot an intresting pikcher and adjustments mayd to it!!! i espeshly like the milk memoreez wun mmm milk!!! and befor ennywun asks i just want to say that i wuz not on or piloting that bote wen it ran agrownd i sware!!! ok bye

    • I know what you mean! I know I’ve done a good job of it when I can’t pick a favorite either. Some months when I’m doing this, I feel like just flipping a coin to decide which one to give to Stacy.

  3. I love all your edits! I love how you cropped I think 16×9? That’s one of my personal faves. :) My favorite edit is probably Summer Haze. I love the tones and faded look. Thank you for presenting several edits. They were really fun to see. I hope you have a wonderful 2016!! And thanks for the compliments. :)

    • Laura – you’re welcome! I didn’t think I’d do much with such a nice picture, so it was fun to just experiment and see what happened. I like the Summer Haze also – it was actually hard to pick a favorite! You have a wonderful 2016 as well and you’re welcome!

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