I was out the other day shooting signs of spring; there was this garage, and it was pretty too.
The reason I’m writing this is that it’s the first time in years I’ve had to put significant work into color repair on a Fujifilm pic. Because the version above looks just like what I saw. But out of the camera, it looked like this:
Back in my Pentax days, I got pretty slick with the Lightroom white-balance apparatus, which is itself pretty slick. But in my four Fujifilm years I’m not sure I’ve touched them.
Well, I did on that one. It didn’t work; I found another way:
White balance: as shot.
Exposure: -0.25 (fight that glare).
Highlights: -15 (fight some more).
Shadows: +10 (boost the shady side).
Saturation: +33 (the colors weren’t wrong, they were just washed-out).
Blue: -20 (sky was overexcited). At this point things were better but still not what I’d seen. Time for the secret weapon.
Profile: Velvia/VIVID (smiles).
I don’t know who it was at Fujifilm and Adobe that got those film treatments into Lightroom, but I sure owe them thanks. I don’t use one that often, but so great to have it.