Sometimes it is the general feel of a scene that makes me pick up the camera while on other occasions it is something very specific. With this image it was something very specific – the shadow cast by the spiral mounting onto the bell itself.
This made the post processing very straight forward – I wasn’t playing with hunches or something equally vague – I wanted to pop that shadow out as much as possible. I knew that the rest of the image would fall into place if I succeeded in doing that.
The added texture and vignetting may appear to be purely decorative but they both serve to emphasize the shadow cast on the bell.
Adobe CS 2 now free
You probably already know about this but just in case:
Adobe have made all of their Creative Suite 2 software available for free including Photoshop – download all or parts of it from here. No catch, no trial version. I can vouch for the fact the Photoshop CS2 works absolutely fine on my windows 7 machine – in fact it flies!
Of course it goes without saying that it round trips with LR 4 perfectly. So my new recommended cheap but professional editing setup is Lightroom 4 as a hub with Photoshop CS2 and Snapseed as external editors. This image was edited using Snapseed.
looks like this was a mistake by Adobe. Apparently the whole thing was intended for those who had already purchased the software. At the last check the downloads were disabled.
Not Adobe’s finest moment.