After-Before Friday is an event which allows photographers to share their processed images, and, if they choose, their post-processing steps. On the first Friday of the month, all participants have the opportunity to edit the same photo in the “One Photo Focus” challenge.
My computer had a bit of a moment while processing this image – as hard as it tried, my multi-tasking eventually got the better of it. As I was about to save my edit in Photoshop, it froze. I lost hours of careful editing, but managed to take a screenshot before everything closed down; so, in the end, disaster averted! The screenshot managed to retain enough information for me to complete my edit.
Immediately when I saw the image I knew I wanted to create a wintry scene; snow, fog, the works. I found this tutorial on YouTube which basically dictated my Photoshop workflow.
Close, but not quite yet what I was aiming for. So, I opened it up in Analog Efex Pro 2 (did you know that Google’s entire Nik collection can now be downloaded for free?!). I’ve never used any of the Nik software before, so a fair amount of experimentation ensued. In the end, I added light leaks, a scratched texture, a bit of bokeh and a white vignette which amplified the overall aged effect.
Once again, the before vs the after:
I hope you enjoyed my edit! I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions on the end result. Images from other contributors can be seen here.