First things first. Thank you to Ben Mckechnie for allowing these images to be edited by everyone that wants to participate. I must admit It felt strange to me to edit someone elses pictures. I found it almost not natural or like I was doing something wrong. Edits of a picture to me are like grand maw's chicken soup. There are 100,000 different recipes and everyone knows their grand maw's recipe is the best . With that in mind I decided to jump in and give this a whirl. I cannot speak for anyone else so I will speak for my thoughts. When I sit down to edit I have a feel for the day or the trip. I have emotions or experiences tied to the pictures from the shoot so I try to convey what I saw and felt while I was at the location. I did not realize how much of that process went into my work flow until I did this. I looked at the images and drew a blank . I started moving sliders around looked and said nope and reset the image. Something is wrong. I put it to the side and did some futzing around the house. I came back and sat down. I looked at the pictures and thought why am I having a hard time. It is because I was not there I am missing smells tastes feelings. I realized for me how important that is to me or at least at this point in my journey how important it is. My next thing is Consistency . I want it to look similar . I can struggle with this . I am getting more consistent with my editing style but I am not consistent across the board yet. I have learned in the past year what I like for edits and how to reproduce that look but I also look at images on websites and think I want to try this so off on an editing tangent I go. I guess this is somewhat normal I do not know for sure I know it is normal for me. Anywho enough of my rambles I will post the pictures and a why I chose the style.
Edit 1 : I struggled with this picture . I like the original comp but parts of it I did not like for my taste . Limiting myself to lightroom (per the challenge) was a large challenge. I could have moved to Photoshop and removed a few of the things like the ashtray . I liked the bright greens of the sign but some of the other colors I did not like. Decided on a tighter crop although a bit tigher than I wanted but because of my lack of skills/luck with lightrooms clone tool I went tighter. I did add a slightly yellowish cast and a blueish cast to the shadows I wanted something that in my mind evoked an older time but at the same time a cool hip place. I am not convinced that I was able to get that look nailed but this is close to what I had in my mind. (I am curious to see if anyone did anything with the reflections in the window).
Edit 2 : I seriously wanted to move this image to Nik Silver for post processing but did not . I wanted a slight sepia look to the image and while this got close I know I could have done a better job of realizing my vision in the Nik Silver Effects program. On a side note I seriously want to go to the location this was taken.
Edit 4: I wanted to do this in a color but I could not do it in a way that did not (in my mind ) distract from this lovely lady. So I went with a black and white. I did add a bit of a blue tone to the picture to try and get it closer to what I remember from shooting black and white film.
Edit 4: Another one I struggled with. I was missing some information . I was missing smells, feelings, I was missing the experience of being there. I like the newer bridge in contrast to the older style boat . That is the part of the image I focused on. I wanted the picture to have an older vintage feel . Seeing as I was missing the experience of being there I wanted something that felt almost like an old forgotten or near forgotten memory.
Edit 5: This picture has added another place to my bucket list. The colors and life in this picture told me color it has to be color and I have to try to do the color justice. I did not like the power lines at the bottom of the picture so I tried to crop in a manor that did not mess with the over all lines and flow of the picture.
I do thank the photographer/s for allowing their work to be edited by complete strangers. I do admit I am nervous about posting this because edits can be as subjective as the process of taking a picture. My mind says what if the soul taking the pictures looks at these and thinks wtf is this guy thinking he is ruining my vision. I know that is part of my insecurity by posting this I do take that chance but by not posting this I take 0 chance and I have 0 opportunity to grow. I do look forward to any feedback on things you would have done differently or things you like in the edit (any questions on how I did something just ask I will do my best to answer) and I look forward to seeing the posts on how you did it . 1 major thing I learned was how much being connected to the experience means to me in the post processing. A lesson I would not have learned right now if I did not have this opportunity. I hope your day is or did go well and thank you for taking a few moments of your time to spend with me as I learn and grow.