The other morning I was up unusually early, thanks to a hungry cat, and was able to photograph a great sunrise over Portland. It’s not often that I’m up for sunrise, but whenever I am, I always sort of wish I were a morning person. But, I digress. The shot turned out to be a good one and as I processed it in Lightroom, I found myself again enjoying the fact that a RAW workflow opens up all sorts of creative opportunities to refine an image even after the shutter has been released. To show this in action, I’ve put together a quick video showing the processing I did to my sunrise shot.
To get give a point of comparison, here’s the original shot as it came from the camera:
You might find it most useful to see what each step does by grabbing onto the slider and scrubbing back and forth. After doing these steps, I added a bit of sharpen to taste and uploaded it to my Flickr account where you can see a larger version of the result.
Update: In retrospect, after watching the animation a few times around, I probably will take out the vignette correction. But I only noticed how much I liked the original vignette by seeing the progression here. Also, if you have feedback about this little experiement, I’m all ears. Is this kind of thing useful for you to see?