I found this photo in my rejected images while cleaning up my Lightroom travel photography archives. I took it during a sunset cruise along the East River on my trip to New York about 3 years earlier. The fire boat was spraying the water for the tourists’ amusement, and I was taking photographs against the sun though the water.
I remember I saw the potential in this urban landscape, but was never happy with the composition, and after a few attempts to change the framing by applying different crops in Lightroom I gave up and marked it as rejected.
When I saw this photo again 3 years later, right away I knew exactly what to do; I changed the aspect ratio from 3×2 to panoramic and the composition was dramatically improved. It was ready to be posted. I guess sometimes it takes 5 minutes to process an image, but other times, 3 years.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Processing: Single RAW File Processing
Lightroom: straightening, cropping, split toning, export as PSD image
Photoshop: cleaning, noise reduction
– Topaz Detail was used to enhance details in areas of the bridge and background buildings
– Topaz DeNoise helped to eliminate noise (river, sky, water spray).