Saturday, April 24, 2010

Street Cricket in Abu Dhabi

Cricket Final
Pretty much any evening you can walk along the parks of the Abu Dhabi Corniche and find impromptu cricket games much like you would find pickup basketball games at any park in the U.S.  However, this post is not about cricket; I am completely ill equipped to discuss or explain this impenetrable sport that can take up to five days to determine a victor.
Cricket untouched
In response to a number of requests, this post is about post processing.  I don’t intend this as a lesson in processing, just a general explanation of how I came to the final photograph and what thought process led to that conclusion.
The processing of this photo can be summarized as removing distractions to bring focus to the essence of the moment.
First, I cropped the image to remove distracting elements such as the lamp posts.  Next, I converted to black and white.  Because the shot was taken into the light, the colors are not strong and ultimately only serve to distract from the subject.  The balance of the adjustments included minor exposure correction, a curves adjustment for contrast, and a minor amount of sharpening.  All of the adjustments were done in Lightroom.
Have fun and go make some great photography.

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