Processing a Winning Shot

After previous success at michaels I entered three photos in the ‘Landscapes & Vistas’ Covershot Competition and was pleasantly surprised when Fran Watson informed me I’d won with my image Floating Islands in the Philippines. In disbelief I rushed to check the michaels Facebook page, and later received a congratulatory email from Marc Abrahams, the friendly and outgoing Marketing Coordinator at michaels, without whom the Covershot Competitions would not seem possible.

Although the photo turned out well thanks to a beautiful setting and a nice camera with a wide angle lens and dark neutral density filter, I doubt I would have won without plenty of post processing. While there is some tonemapping in Photomatix, I also originally edited in Lightroom and Photoshop. Since then new updates to Lightroom include clarity, saturation and white balance graduated filters and brushes; the editing I performed on this photo in Photoshop can now be performed in Lightroom. I’ve included the before photo for comparison of the difference post processing makes.

Quezon Island overlooking a floating island at the Hundred Island National Park in northern Philippines.

Quezon Island overlooking a floating island at the Hundred Island National Park in northern Philippines.

Long exposure of an island at Hundred Islands National Park, Philippines without any post-processing applied.

Long exposure of an island at Hundred Islands National Park, Philippines without any post-processing applied.