Photo 101 Rehab: Street Life

Photo 101 Rehab: Street Life

In railway halls, on pavements near the traffic,
They beg, their eyes made big by empty staring
And only measuring Time, like the blank clock.

–Stephen Spender

I’m joining another session of Lucile’s Photo 101 Rehab. While I was slightly frustrated that I didn’t have any portraits to post, which is what our lovely hostess excels at most, I was comforted by her observation that the rehab serves for us to enjoy shooting whatever our passion is.

I enjoy street life and anything grunge. When there’s no grunge, I make it become. Such as in this photo from a railway station – hence the title poem. here’s a list of major edits performed on the photo, shot with Nikon D80 and post-edited in Corel PaintShop.

  • correcting the perspective and cropping
  • boosting  sharpness, clarity and contrast
  • applying a local tone mapping filter
  • desaturating all colours except red
  • using a heavy dark blur vignette effect

12 thoughts on “Photo 101 Rehab: Street Life

  1. I love what you did, my preferred cyborg. You are the grunge queen and the editing queen.
    Just keep following your passion and excelling at it, whilst keeping us happy with your shots.
    And you are very kind to the hostess. Be sure of that.


  2. The perspective correcting and cropping alone did wonders to transform this photo. Also, I like what you did with the selective desaturation. I’ve recently become a huge fan of the technique, especially with reds or yellows. Nice edits. 🙂


    1. I know, I love the selective colour so much that I hardly even do anything else these days! I fancy especially the reds, but you’re right that yellows are often very effective too, and other colours are surely also doable. I must explore into this! Thanks for stopping by and approving of my modest effort 😉

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