When photographing in India, you are overwhelmed by two things: people and color. I love shooting the streets and the wonderfully friendly people of India, but I also love ‘texture’. I find images like ‘Colorful Train Coonoor India’ with its wonderful texture and color makes great fine art prints.
This image was created entirely in Lightroom. In the past, I would use numerous plugin’s like On1 and DxO Nik to amplify the texture and color. This time I created two versions. The first using Photoshop and the plugins. It looks great, but I also don’t like how using filters you end up blowing out highlights or losing shadows. So I decided to ‘PUSH’ the processing of the raw image even further and doing a compare (Option C) to view the two images side by side in Lightroom. I had to go back several times, using multiple adjustment brushes and finally, I actually got a final result I wanted. The beauty here was that the final image in using the Adobe Lightroom had the same vibrant colors and texture, but no blown highlights and not lost shadows. BUT, the Lightroom image was sharper with less noise.
Gear: Leica M9, Leica Apo-Summicron-M 75mm f/2 lens.
Settings: Focal length 75mm; exposure 1/60 sec; f/4.8; ISO 160.