This pigeon isn’t happy that I’m taking a picture of her or the sign. She’ll get over it once she sees this image. I’ve been playing with relighting an image in post production. This one was shot midday. The light is flat and the colors faded. While that works for the peeling ovals, the sky was washed out and the contrast of the siding on the sign was weak. I didn’t want to underexpose this more than I did, otherwise I’d lose detail in the bird. Using a number of Lightroom tricks and a plugin, I was able to effectively change this image from unusable, to the one you see. This isn’t an award winning image, to be sure, but the exercise was a success. The only thing I couldn’t change without major Photoshop time was the sky. I can’t decide if this image is strong enough to warrant that kind of time. I like the texture and peeling paint.

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Affirmation: I control my future.

  • Beth Rich George

    I like it, especially the angle of the sign against the sky. Kinda like the pigeon is telling you that even blue skies exist in an off-kilter world.

  • Janine Ohmer

    I like it too. It would be interesting to see the originals also for these photos where you talk about the work you’ve done to them.

  • americanrecluse

    I love this image a lot, including/especially the pissed off pigeon.

  • ?o??????olqu??o?

    I really like this one, Jon. Did you also get one without the pigeon? I’d like to compare.

    • blurb

      I didn’t. They were all over the sign. I could probably remove the pigeon. Might take a bit of time, but that’s always an option.

      • LA Single Girl

        I like the lone pigeon. It adds to the desolate feeling of the building.

  • holly

    I’d love to see the before shot

  • blurb

    Hm. Maybe I’ll do a video tutorial.

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