From Drab to Dynamic

Drab looking days don’t have to result in drab photos.  Often those drab days still have an energy and aliveness that doesn’t show up in our photos.  Fortunately, we don’t have to stop there.

Here’s an original drab day photo that I took with my iPhone 5 on a muddy trail run in San Francisco:

Original Photo: Golden Gate Bridge

Original Photo: Golden Gate Bridge

It doesn’t do justice to the excitement I felt for this scene. Time to edit. My first stop is Snapseed which has lots of editing functionality to “set the base”.  The below image has global adjustments to contrast, ambience and brightness.

Snapseed Edits: Golden Gate Bridge

Snapseed Edits: Golden Gate Bridge

The scene is brighter but the image is still blurry. ShockMyPic does a great job of adding definition to images like this one without adding noise.

ShockMyPic Edit: Golden Gate Bridge

ShockMyPic Edit: Golden Gate Bridge

Much better but still not as clear and sharp as what I felt. So I added texture and warmth in DistressedFX:

DistressedFX Edit: Golden Gate Bridge

DistressedFX Edit: Golden Gate Bridge (+Snapseed edit to add Vignette)

I kept playing in DistressedFX adding an HDR filter and a Pourpre texture.

DistressedFX Edit: Golden Gate Bridge

DistressedFX Edit: Golden Gate Bridge

This step gave a great mood to the image but made it too dark and the texture at the top, despite moderation to 50%, flattens the image by bringing the background to the foreground.  I backed off to the earlier version and posted it to Instagram

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