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Step one for me is usually adjusting the lighting. I work in Sagelight and used the Smart Light to make minor adjustments. I liked the wet reflections on the sidewalk and wanted to keep and enhance that if I could. I didn’t like the semi-visible light standard to the right of centre so I wanted to either get rid of it or enhance it. I enhanced it.
I used the power details to bring up the detail, adjusting the focus strength and transparency.
Since it’s a drippy day I added a soft focus, which brightens the colours so I then spot adjusted them using the vibrancy controls to tone them down and still retain the softer focus.
Using a plug-in, I added an iridescent effect but I didn’t like it except on the branches where I think it adds to the wet and rainy atmosphere of the photo. For a quick fix to keep it on the branches and eliminate the iridescent effect elsewhere, I resorted to Microsoft’s Paint. I simply copied that quadrant of the photo and pasted it onto my “before iridescent” copy of the image. After the paste-in, the lighting on the pole on the left needed blending which I did using the dodge and burn brush.
Lastly, I added a tint to the sky and a soft vignette to enhance the atmosphere of a drippy, set-in, rainy day. I tried a few crops, just to see the possibilities but in the end preferred the composition of the original.
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