Another product from my canoe trip last weekend, but this one is a little different. All the post-processing was done in Lightroom 5. I downloaded the trial version of it as soon as I was able and decided to put it to the test. Normally I use a combination of Lightroom and various other tools such as Perfect Photo Suite or Nik Software. It’s been quite awhile, actually, since I’ve limited myself to Lightroom alone, but I think version 5 acquitted itself nicely.
Much of the effect here was done using the new radial filter tool. I added two such filters – one to the clouds and another to the trees and water. With this tool I was able to quickly and easily create vibrant color and high contrast, and I’m not certain I could have duplicated this effect at all in previous versions of Lightroom. I imagine I would have had to use the adjustment brush, and I’ve never been good with that tool, and it would have been tedious. I created this images in under 15 minutes. If that doesn’t sound impressive to you, let me say that the guy paddling the canoe while I lazed in the front is no photography slouch himself, though he doesn’t practice the craft as much as me. He complained at how the view in general that evening was not very impressive. He’s right, but I was able to see potential in what I could achieve in post work. The sky was gray, the water was brown, and the trees were bland when we were actually out on the water.
I could have achieved much the same effect in Color Efex Pro, but probably not as quickly. I think the only real issue I have with Lightroom’s performance here is that the grain is a little high, even after nudging the noise reduction to 38. Granted, I’m at a high ISO, but I don’t recall the noise being quite this noticeable before.