We spent most of last Saturday at Rock Creek near Beatrice, Nebraska. Some people dressed up as Pioneers and were doing various things in the low tech lifestyle of the pioneers. Here is a lady spinning yarn into rope, and a kid trying on his stilts.
And another fellow who kindly agreed to pose with his cooking pots. Also, this gentleman gave us a ride around.
To tell the truth, I wasn't that interested in pioneer lifestyle. I was more interested in testing my new Cokin Blue/Yellow polarizer. This thing is truly amazing. The first picture is without any filter, straight out of camera.
Rather plain, eh? Then, I slapped on the Blue/yellow polarizer, and applied a small turn to it. Here is what I got.
A lot more interesting, no? But it reeked artificial. So, I imported this to Lightroom, and I did the following. White balance eyedropper on the signboard in the back. That made it a bit more natural, but it brought up ugly blue fringing around the leaves of the big trees. To deal with that, I went to split toning. Selected shadows, moved the hue slider to select yellow and then moved the saturation slider to 70. That took care of the blue fringe. Then, I went to the general exposure adjustments. First thing I did was to increase the blacks to about 15, it started looking the way I wanted, but it was still a bit yellow overall. Then I clicked on the color tab, selected yellow, increased luminance to 30, cut down the saturation till a bit of green emerged in the grass. Then I clicked the green tab, decreased luminance to -30 and increased saturation to 50. Here is the result.
A lot more interesting, what do you think? I did not do anything about the vignetting, it just went away with just a bit of zooming of the lens. After a bit of looking at this, the yellow cast started bugging me. So, I opened it in viveza, clicked on the yellow grass and reduced saturation. What do you think?