Hello! Here is Part 2 of my Festival series. If you missed Part 1, you can find it here.
Today’s photo is of another one of the ladies that participated in the procession. This lady was dressed in a beautiful white kimono with a veil over her face. She followed close behind the Princess in the procession. She also took part in a dance byt he river’s edge.
For this photograph I played with some of the presets on Lightroom. Let’s take a look below at what changes I made to this image.
This first screenshot shows the preset menu which is located on the left side of the screen. Lightroom offers quite a lot of presets which can be useful if you want to make quick changes to your photos without having to put too much thought into it. You can just hover your mouse over the preset titles and the preview show the effects it will make. If you like the look of it you can just click! Be aware that if you then click on another preset, it will add those changes on top of the changes you have already made, so make sure you undo the first changes you made if you don’t want to layer loads of different effects on top of each other.
For this image I used the ‘Bleach Bypass’ preset which makes changes to the exposure, contrast, vibrancy and saturation. You can see the extent of the changes in the menu on the right side. I made further tweaks to the saturation, contrast and vibrancy to leak just a little extra clour into the image as the flat preset drained most of the colour out of it which I didn’t like.
Here is a before and after shot showing the effects of all the changes:
I think this preset is quite interesting, especially for this particular image as the lighting is great and the subject has a lot of white, maximising the effect of the preset. As the name of the preset suggests, it has given this image a sort of bleached effect like an old, forgotten photograph that has been left out in the sunlight for a while. It makes it look as though this photograph was taken during the Taisho Era of Japan (1912-1926), but with a modern twist. See these images below for some examples of Taisho Era Geishas, you can see a similar aesthetic in the desaturated colours and bleached effect:
These images are from Flickr user Okinawa Soba.
Well I hope you enjoyed this post! Part 3 of my festival series will be looking a my experiments with the radial filter in Lightroom.
Don’t forget! You can follow me on Instagram for more photos and less reading. I will leave you with some more photos of the veiled beauty.