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Isla Mujeres

Earlier this year, I traveled Cancun, Mexico for my first time. Even though I didn't have the best weather when I went, my last full day was perfect. I had booked a catamaran cruise that brought me to Isla Mujeres for the afternoon. I loved the rawness of Isla Mujeres, the non-touristy face of Mexico.

I'm starting this project with one of my favorites: a photo I took of an eldery man fixing fishing net.

Adjustments I need to make:

  • White Balance
  • Exposure
  • Contrast, Highlights
  • Vibrance

Corrections I need to make:

  • Bring attention to gentleman's face
  • Maybe get rid of mother/son on dock
  • Minor cropping

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I've since made most of my previously metioned adjustments and corrections to get my photo where it is right now:

 

I'm pretty happy with it so far, but I think a few more edits and getting rid of the hanging yellow t-shirt would make this a much stronger photo. I've been playing around with many different correction options to remove the shirt, but none have worked well. I'm having a hard time deciding where to draw from and which tools are best for the job.. Any suggestions?

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My final picture (although the editing process never really ends in the Photo World):

I fidgeted a little bit more with the exposure and contrast as well as dabbled in dodging and burning the man and trees to bring in focus on his craft. The yellow t-shirt is still a tad distracting to me, but I think cropping the photo vastly helped.

I really enjoyed this class and am exited to put my new knowledge towards editing more of my photos from this and other varying vacations. Thank you JP!

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