For Nate’s birthday, we met in Old Town to go out to dinner. While walking back to the car, I guided the family past an old junk yard near my office. Behind a auto mechanic, this small collection of junked cars is a treasure trove of automotive imagery potential. I took a photo of an old Volvo. With the help of some digital artistry, this became my favorite image of the week.
Digital Darkroom. Just behind the Volvo was an old hood. It glowed in the sunlight, dominating the image with brightness. The first thing I did was fix this by painting over this with a brush, lowering highlights by -72 and whites by -100. After that, the histogram showed too much dark. I boosted exposure by a full stop and shadows by 15. To compensate, I had to lower whites by -20. I added texture and clarity and I was done… in Lightroom.
Of course, none of the adjustments above are what make the image stand out. The oil painting effect was done with an app called PhotoArtista. This app converts images into oil paintings. I went for the impressionist look.
Here’s a copy of the original image:
WIRR stands for Weekly Image Rich Ruh. This regular feature on Das Has von Ruh will show and describe my favorite photo created during this weekly period. My weeks start on Mondays, as does the WIRR. I’m hoping to include commentary on the story, the setting, the specs, or the sentiments, depending on the circumstances.