by Stefan Fletcher June. 28, 2009 4730 views

Stuck in the office on Sunday doing something very boring for the most boring reason possible: money. Of course, it's a glorious day; warm, sunny, light winds to cool you. The perfect weather to be outside. I ought to offer my weather forecasting services. “What's the weather going to be like on Sunday?” “Well, I'll be stuck in the office, so it will be great.”

One way of tackling a large job - any job - is to divide it into batches. This is where my little game comes in. It's something I often do. I translate a page and then play with an image. When you're bored, you invent bizarre rules to make it more challenging. In the image editing game, I set a time limit: the length of an iTunes track. (Admittedly, I cheat by playing classical or jazz tracks, which tend to be longer.) And then it's back to another page.

Posted above are the RAW captures, the images straight out of the camera. Below each one is the result of wherever my fancy took me for the space of about seven minutes or less. The edits are not intended to be better than the RAW captures, just distractions or ‘divertimenti’. I hope they do illustrate the usefulness of a good image editor and why images straight out of the camera, even a very good one, always require some work.

I use a Wacom tablet and stylus, something I strongly recommend (I'm thinking about Jon's best buys and turkeys). Can't really see the difference between the entry-level ones and the professional, expensive models at my level, but the ergonomics are amazing. Selections and tonal adjustments are so much easier.

Oh-oh, music's over. Have to go back to work now.

RAW capture

Five-minute edit: crop, sharpen, tonal adjustment and, obviously, grayscale conversion

RAW capture

Seven-minute edit: overlays, sharpening and adding an outer glow

RAW capture

Three-minute edit: correct for lens distortion and mucking about with a curves adjustment layer

RAW capture

Botched three-minute edit (ran out of time): tried to do something with the one person in focus like a motion blur, but not very knowledgeable about advanced effects in Photoshop

RAW capture

Ten-minute edit (long track): the selections took time: crop, correct the colour cast, excessive sharpening and tried to make the Caryatids stand out more

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Alexandra Pechabadens 11 years, 11 months ago

Well, are you in Provence now?
Not many breasts on these statues... :(

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Thebronzebow 11 years, 11 months ago

Great edits! They all add something to the feel. Gotta start working on that. Hope your evening allowed a bit of relaxation.

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Jarvo J 11 years, 11 months ago

Neat set. Love the glow on number 4. Thanks for explaining wht you did and for adding to my vocabulary of architectural terms.

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David Cardona 11 years, 11 months ago


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Piyali 11 years, 11 months ago

What a great idea to get over your boredom, think I can do that too!! I really like No#5, very intriguing.

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Robert Moffat 11 years, 11 months ago

Great - fascinating what you have done - are these in the new museum?

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Marsha 11 years, 11 months ago

Very interesting to see the contrasting photos...and hear what you did. Like the edited versions best with the exception of the first one....just love the color of that marble.

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Michael Sakowicz 11 years, 11 months ago

When you crop, do you constrain the original proportions of the image or just crop however you feel compelled? I always wonder in others' work flow because I do see some strange image sizes on this site. I do something similar when working for money too - to keep me sane.

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Mikkal Noptek 11 years, 11 months ago

Nice editing. Very interesting versions

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David Swatton 11 years, 11 months ago

Sounds like a good game but unfortunately something which would be distictly frowned upon in the office where I work... but then again, I don't have to go in on a Sunday. Btw, I like the effect in #4 - kind of brings the subject off the screen - very effective.

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Kecskemétiné Nelli 11 years, 11 months ago

Translation is very boring. Against it your editings are really original and full of fun.
Have a beautiful Sunday. =D

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