I decided to play a new game today that I am calling “Random Challenges.” Every so often I am going to open my Lightroom library and just randomly scroll through the grid view without looking at the screen and then just stop somewhere among the images. The challenge will be to pick one out of the 40 images that appear on screen and try to create a worthwhile image! Today’s challenge was difficult. I was tempted to cheat and scroll some more but I decided to be honest and stick with the plan!
Here is the group of images I had to work with. (click on image to see larger size)
They were all taken at Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Delray Beach. I visit this area frequently when I am teaching at Palm Beach Photographic Centre. This wasn’t one of my most exciting sequence of images but I did pick out one of a Purple Gallinule, one of the prettier birds in the area.
I also decided I could only use the tools available to me in Lightroom for this exercise. My normal workflow is a combination of Lightroom and Photoshop, but by restricting myself to just Lightroom I am hoping to get more creative in the Lightroom portion of my processing. So I cropped, I burned using the adjustment brush, and I tried a few variations where I kept the bird in color and reduced or removed the color from the rest of this image (I didn’t like these attempts!). I even used the spot removal took which I totally dislike! While it is not the best picture I have ever made, I do think I made it better. Hopefully by trying this exercise on a regular basis, I will improve both my editing skills and my Lightroom processing skills! I’ll share my successes and failure here.
Here is the before and after image:
Let me know if you have any suggestions!