This shot comes from a 4th of July picnic in 2009 at the home of church friends. They live on 5 acres, and this car sits just over the property line in their neighbor’s yard. I like to photograph old things, the more rusty and beaten up the better.

This might be a good time to point out that I’m not really interested in capturing reality when I process an image; my version of it suits me just fine. Unless I become a newspaper photographer, I’ll continue to Photoshop with reckless abandon.

Day 11 - Before

Day 11 - After

The Edits:

  1. Crop.
  2. Apply Sepia Chic preset for Lightroom 3 and under (see Day 3 for instructions on using Lightroom 3 presets in Lightroom 4). I don’t convert photos to sepia often (I’m much more likely to go B&W), but I like this look for certain photos.
  3. Use the Adjustment Brush tool in Lightroom to lighten the exposure on the car’s underside and grill, bringing out detail.
  4. Apply a vignette (darken the edges).

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[Click here to read my other 31 Days series, 31 Days of Encouragement and 31 Days of Real Life.]

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4

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