PESO - Great Grandpa's Store

John Sessoms jsessoms002 at
Mon Oct 12 09:11:12 EDT 2009

From: Marnie
> Hmmm, long story, I'll try to shorten  it.
> The two buildings on the end right are closed and abandoned and have  been 
> for some time. The store on the left end (with a bar) is still open. It is  
> a lot newer that than the others (relatively speaking).
> This is a very,  very small town (basically five buildings) that is verging 
> on being a ghost  town. The Emporium & Bar and the Post Office (not shown) 
> struggle to keep  going. It is in Northern Northern California. 
> I stopped by at the end of  my Oregon/Washington trip, in the valley where 
> my father grew up, and again took  some photos. I have shown a few before on 
> list.
> The middle building is my  great grandfather's store. He and my other great 
> grandfather both came to CA for  the Gold Rush. Neither made any money from 
> finding gold, but one ended up having  a very successful cattle ranch, and 
> this one ended up opening the first chain  stores in Northern California 
> (general stores). 
> I, oops, accidentally,  took a whole digital "roll" overexposed. I thought 
> I had it set on AV and the  dial had been pushed to manual. (That won't 
> happen again, now I will check every  time.)
> Using Lightroom and suggestions from a new Lightroom book I got, I  was 
> actually able to recover a couple. 
> The rest had interesting effects.  I sort of like this one.
> Certainly good enough for the "cover" of a PDF I  am doing on my family 
> history (for family  members).
> Tell  me if you agree. 
> (I've thought about taking the foliage out from under  the tree, but think 
> that might not be an improvement. I've also thought about  adding 
> vignetting, ditto, might not improve it.)

I think the image as is might be "good enough" for a family publication.

It's still kind of washed out, like it was printed from a badly 
underexposed negative.

For me, the problem is the lack of detail in the foreground, the side of 
the closest building, the washed out spots on the cornice of great 
grandpa's store, whatever that white area under the foliage at the end 
of the street is and where the roof of the Emporium just disappears into 
the sky.

You might add a layer and set the blend mode to multiply to give it more 
density. You could do two or three layers using layer masks to add 
density to specific blown out areas.

I'd do that before doing the B&W conversion.

And instead of taking the foliage out from under the tree, maybe try 
adding foliage into the blown out area.

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