In my post here, the other day hmca14 and others commented about the space in the top left-hand corner of the shot. I did toy with the idea of cropping the shot differently for quite a while. However in the end I felt that an even tighter crop would (for me) detract from the scale of the locomotive compared to the boy. So I left it as you see it in the previous post as a square crop, and desaturated and minimised the distractions in the top left corner as best I could.
The original shot:
The final image
Of course, as the challenge was about green, I changed his jumper colour from red. To achieve this I actually duplicated the layer twice. Once to remove the unwanted distractions such as a lot of extra colours (all the red and bright blue) in the top left. And the second to change his jumper from red to green. I them layer masked them both to get the shot above. Finally boosted the saturation in the blue channel and sharpened a bit.
I’m still learning the settings in my new camera. It looks like it tends to make images slightly soft. I may have to up the sharpness in camera a little, or I may just continue to smart sharpen in post.
Thanks again for all the comments in the previous post. I really appreciate them all, whether complimentary,critical and/or constructive.
I just wanted people to know that I do read every comment. And as I’m only learning to do all this, I’m always open to other compositional and post processing ideas.