In this post I will go through some of the steps I took to create a final image.

I used Capture One Pro 12 for this edit.

The original image was shot in RAW with the Fujifilm X-Pro2.

It started with an uninspiring shot with few redeeming qualities.
I did notice this one deer staring into the light coming through the trees and decided to try some heavy editing to create something with an atmosphere.

Import

 

Step 1 – Crop

First we need to crop the image to remove the road and the unwanted deer.

01 Crop

 

Step 2 – Warmth

I created a Luminosity Mask of the mid tones and highligths.

White balance was increased to 6469K and saturation set to +5
This created an impression of the sun glowing and warming up the scene.

 

Step 3 – Colour

I sampled a warm yellow tone from the image and expanded the selection to include greens.
Saturation boosted to 17
Lightness reduced to -6.9

This was added to the whole image.

 

Step 4 – Contrast

In this step we will add contrast.
Using the Level tool I have moved the black and white point to create a strong contrast setting.

This was painted in to selected parts of the image.
This brings out a richness to parts of the image.

 

Step 5 – Colour

In this step I have selected an orange tone with the Color Editor and painted in to selected parts of the image.
Saturation: +17.2
Lightness: +7.8

 

Step 6 – Burn (darken)

In this step we are darkening parts of the image.

I reduced the exposure to -0.53 in the Exposure tool.
This was painted in.
It helps to keep the attention on the subject.

 

Step 7 – Dodge (lighten)

In this step we are lightening parts of the image.

I increased the exposure to -+0.97 in the Exposure tool.
This was painted in on parts of the deer to create a few highlights.

 

Step 8 – Gradient

Here I added a gradient mask to the right side of the image to darken it further.
Again this helps to focus the attention on the subject.

 

Step 9 – Light Shaft

Here we will add the illussion of a shaft of light coming through the trees and illuminating the subject.

I added some exposure and set a warm white balance.
This was painted in.

 

Step 10 – Sharpening

Final step is to sharpen the image.
As there is an out-of-focus foreground and background I choose to paint in the sharpening with a mask.

Sharpening tool settings:
Amount: 371
Radius: 0.5
Threshold: 0
Halo Supresion: 0

 

Final result – before and after:

 

Hopefully some will find this useful on some level.

 

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