Mike Szpot

illKoncept

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Orange Bando Sherbet

Hey everyone, 

My name's Mike (AKA @ill.koncept) and i decided to participate in my first class!  

I really enjoy shooting abandoned places, however, I haven't had the opportunity to visit many lately. Therefore, i decided to find a old shot that i "threw away" and make it into something that i can enjoy.  I chose this shot because I have a thing for mother earth taking it's natural course over any enviroment, and you can see this happening from the piles of snow lying in the center of this vacant factory. The art on the walls is obviously a nice compliment to the scene also. Anyways...here's the shot...

RAW

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I believe this was shot on auto WB, and seemed a little cool for me. So, the first thing I wanted to do with this RAW image is warm the colors up a bit. I increased the temperature along with adding one of my favorite vsco filters.  Also, I sharpened the image because it seemed a little soft.  After these steps, I could see the image was becoming more appealing to me. The result is show under "Process 1" shown below.

PROGRESS

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At this point, I felt the color more accuratey described what i saw.  The walls were definitely orange, and i felt this looked a tad more grimey.  Now I really wanted those colors to pop.

FINAL EDIT

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This is what i ended up with.  Don't ask me why, but this is like "orange bando sherbet" to me.  Probably because of the creamy orange contrasting with the white snow, idk.  Anyways, I achieved this by increasing the contrast/clarity, along with the saturation/luminance of the color orange.  I also did the same for the green moss on the floor.  Additionally, I lightened the shadows to brighten up the walls a bit. Then, I increased the whites to make the snow on the ground as white as can be.  After raising the whites, i had to lower the highlights to keep the light from the sky in check.  

Those are pretty much all of the steps I took to get to the final result, and I'm personally extremely happy with this edit... and that's all that really matters to me. This shot was in my throw-away and now i can't wait to share it with the world.  This project has inspired me to sort through some of my older work and practice editing with some of these techniques!  Thanks for the class and sharing your advice, Daniel.

Also thanks to anyone who has taken the time to check out my project! I can't wait to see everyone else's creative process.

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