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In the garden of Versailles

An image made on a very cold (freezing) afternoon in the garden of Versailles. This is one of the very few pieces that are not covered for protection. It is incredible to see the expression on these statues. An amazing work of sculpture. Camera: Fujifilm X100s

An image made on a very cold (freezing) afternoon in the garden of Versailles. This is one of the very few pieces that are not covered for protection. It is incredible to see the expression on these statues. An amazing work of sculpture.

Camera: Fujifilm X100s


In the garden of Versailles. How To

I made this image with a very difficult lighting. There was a soft rain, mix of rain and snow with a strong chilly wind.

Step 1

I first did the basic adjustments in Lightroom, increasing the exposure and contrast as I had a dark and flat image to start with.
You can see the details in the following image. This brought back a lot od highlights and shadows details. There was a good structure on the statue, but I wanted to add somthing arount the statue. The best for this was to add a texture.

Step 2

On the second image you can see the texture. I blended it using the overlay mode. That added a lot of dark tones and contrast. I removed the effect by masking it on the statue.

Step 3

.I did the black and white conversion in Nik's Silver Efex Pro 2 using the neutral settings, and adjusted manually thebrightness, contrast and structure. I forced a lot on the contrast because I wanted to get the result i liked by reducing the layer opacity in  Photoshop.

Step 4

I added some sharpnedd and removed some noise. You normally do the noise reduction before anything else, but I like to do it after.
That gave the final image.

I hope you found this interesting, and please send me any comments if you want more details.