I’ve been trying to land on a washed out look that I like. This has been a more difficult task than I initially thought. I think it’s fairly straightforward to amp everything up in terms of saturation and contrast, but getting to a place where the image goes the opposite direction is more difficult.
To get to this image, I desaturated the source and then bumped up the vibrance. I also jacked the white balance temperature a bit higher to bring in more yellows. I love that this looks like it could have been shot in 1974. The desolation is pretty remarkable considering the time of day and the usual volume of traffc along this stretch of I-15.