After/Before Week 55

It is Week 55 of Stacy’s After Before Photo Challenge over on Visual Venturing.  This is a fun challenge where we take one of our photos, get creative or super creative with it, and then show our after and before photos.

This beautiful horse was all alone on a lot that was for sale.  If I owned a horse trailer, I would have taken him home with me.  Although, I don’t think the rooster that chased us off the property would have let me!  This is my after edit:

Hopeful Horse - JB 11-18


Photographer’s Process:
I did a pretty straight forward edit on this photograph.

  • I cropped the picture to focus more on the horse.
  • I fixed the tone of the picture, adjusted the exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, and clarity in Lightroom.
  • I think I applied one of the Photomorphis Cuban Blend presets.  I can’t remember which one, though.
  • I fiddled with the preset until it gave me the look I really wanted.
  • I then added a radial filter.
  • I opened up the photo in Photoshop.
  • I applied a High Pass filter set low.  Then I applied an inverted mask to that layer. (this can be done by holding down the alt key (or option key on a Mac) when clicking on the mask icon at the bottom of the layers panel.)
  • I made sure that white was my foreground color, selected a brush, and then painted in the high pass filter over the horse’s face and eyes to increase the sharpness slightly.
  • The next step was to get rid of the annoying post that was in the background on the right.  I used the patch tool and the clone stamp.
  • Back in Lightroom, I applied a subtle vignette to finish off the photo.

Here is the progression of my edit:

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12 thoughts

    • Thank you so much. I felt like the horse sucked me into his world with those eyes of his. The rooster was amazing. There is a link to the post of the rooster in this post if you want to see him. πŸ™‚

  1. Kirsten, this is such a moody, wonderful edit! I feel as if I’m staring right into the horse’s right eye and that he’s staring right back into mine. I’m not a skillful user of PS, but I think I got the gist of what you did πŸ˜‰ Nicely done! Thanks so much for participating in ABF!

  2. Beautiful edit, great choices. And as Stacy said, though I am not a Photoshop user as yet, I do think I understood your description.

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