Doing a little black and white using nothing but Adobe Lightroom CC with this shot I took at the Schnormeier Gardens outside Gambier, Ohio. This is the Chinese Cup Gardens which got its name as it is two cup-shaped gardens that were carved from a hillside. You are suppose to tell from viewing it from the other side. It is a nice private oriental style garden that is open four days out of the year to the public. Post-processing:
Okay, let’s get this started. First I merged three exposures together using Lightroom’s Merge to HDR to create a HDR photo to start with, and crop and straighten it. Heading into the Basic panel, I did my usual adjustments: Exposure -0.40, Highlights -4, Shadows +13, Whites +15, Blacks -15, and Clarity +41. BUT, I decided to try something different this time. I wanted this photo to be black and white but did not want to use the B&W Panel to do the conversion, instead I used the Saturation slider in the Basic Panel by desaturating the photo at -100. After that I continued to the Tone Curve panel and changed the Darks to -13 before heading to the Split Toning panel. There I made the following adjustments: Highlights Saturation at 7, and Shadows Saturation at 9. In the Effects panel, I added Grain at 15 and adjusted the Dehaze to +18.
Once that all was done, I then moved onto the Radial Tool to add a dark vignette around the structure. But this darken the structure itself too much for my taste and wanting to draw the viewer into the photo and add some dimension, I then grabbed the Adjustment Brush tool. With the brush, I brighten the sky a little (Exposure 0.55), then brighten the structure (Exposure 1.09 and Whites 24) to bring more attention to the subject. and finally, I added some Clarity (48) to sharpen the structure.Left:
The final post-processed photo.Right:
The original photo HDR photo I started with. #beforeandafter #postprocessing #adobelightroom #lightroom #schnormeiergardens #knoxcounty #ohio #monochromeworld #googlecollections