Saturday, March 6, 2010

365/65 Color Accent/7

Tomorrow's theme is "Something Old", which will be a piece of cake, since I live in one of this country's oldest cities. Today's is of a local construction sign. Don't try this at home unless you know how to get around the sRGB color space limitations, because no matter what you do, this particular shade of orange is guaranteed to blow the reds.

In ACR, after you open the file for initial adjustments, increase the "Recovery" to 30. If your reds are back in the normal range, you're now done. If not, go to the "HSL/Grayscale" tab, and in there, select the "Luminance" tab. Pull back on the red and oranges. Do the same in the "Saturation" tab. Make these two adjustments until the histogram is just back in to the non-blowing range. You'll have to add a levels and brightness/saturation adjustment layer to bring the orange colors back to their original (apparent) brightness, but keep an eye on your histogram display to make sure you don't end up blowing the channels again.

Lens and camera settings:
50mm f/2.0 @ f/2.0, 1/5000sec and ISO 100.

Sign Color Accent


  1. Looks like I'll be skipping that shade of orange - lol...GOOD WORK!

  2. What, it could be fun lol, thanks :)