Jim Hagan  


September 2021 - PORTOFINO BAY

September 2021 - Jim Hagan


About the Image(s)

I was going through my old photos and came across an image of Portofino Bay in Disney World. I liked the composition but the image had a blue cast, lacked contrast and there was no detail in the shadow areas. So, in photoshop I selected just the overhanging arch way and brightened that area and then I separately brightened the remaining overall image. And lastly, I warmed the entire image.

9 comments posted

Jason Kravitz   Jason Kravitz
You did a great job bringing out those details. It is nicely framed with the arc of the bridge and the strong line of the railing leading to the person. The shadow pattern adds a great touch as well.

I would suggest cropping a bit off the right side and bottom to bring the focus more immediately to the person. That would also create a stronger diagonal flow from bottom right to top left with the person at the intersection of those lines.   Posted: 09/01/2021 16:32:37
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Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
Thanks for your suggestion. Cropping those areas does improve the composition.   Posted: 09/09/2021 11:17:56

Mitch Ross   Mitch Ross
really nice job bringing new life into an old image. I like Jason's suggestion re: crop modification. Not much else to add this time!   Posted: 09/01/2021 22:13:41

Terry Walters   Terry Walters
Jason seems to have nailed it this time, so nothing more to add except a simple method of removing a colour cast, it works 80% of the time so give it a try.

Copy the layer and Blur Average, you should get a blueish screen (or whatever colour the cast is). Create a Levels layer and use the Grey (middle) dropper to select the coloured later, turning it to mid Grey. Delete the layer that was Blurred.

  Posted: 09/05/2021 10:22:59
Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Terry, I tried your Color Cast technique on one of my own pix. It worked! Crazy! Thanks!   Posted: 09/06/2021 12:06:43
Jason Kravitz   Jason Kravitz
That is a great workflow Terry, thanks! I can say in 20+ years of using Photoshop I don't think I ever used Blur Average let alone setting the gray point like that in levels. Old dog meets new trick :)   Posted: 09/09/2021 11:54:50
Terry Walters   Terry Walters
Glad you liked it, sometime though it just creates an absolute mess :(
  Posted: 09/19/2021 09:30:59

Sunil Mehta   Sunil Mehta
Liked this, very sharp and well composed.   Posted: 09/05/2021 15:35:53

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Can't believe how much stronger the image became with Jason's crop! I agree its gorgeous, with strong lines and so pretty. I might be tempted to add a tiny bit of vibrance or contrast to the homes to have them stand out a tad more, but its a great composition and a brilliant rescue.   Posted: 09/06/2021 12:10:59


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