Broughton Church Door – an attempt at a Velvia-style effect.
For low-contrast close-up scenes with lots of blue tones, it’s quite nice to attempt to enhance the colours by trying a manual emulation of Fuji’s celebrated Velvia 50 slide film.
Here’s a demonstration of what I did with a shot I took last night, almost in the dark (note exposure time).
Nikon D800E / 85PC-E, shifted
ISO 100, 30 seconds, f/11
Camera centred vertical on tripod by using built-in horizon, and then lens shifted down for composition, to ensure parallelism with door – assuming that it’s perfectly vertical. Seemed to work since no visible signs of unsharp areas in frame.
Here’s the original frame: unprocessed and unsharpened except for downsizing.
Here’s the final version.
Copy of background layer, mode changed to Lab colour, layer not flattened. Levels adjustment to this layer: a and b pulled in by 40 points at each end. Layer opacity 40%.
Converted back to RGB, again layer not flattened.
Hue/saturation adjustment layer:
Reds and Yellows +5 saturation.
-2, -4, +2 across shadows, midtones, and highlights, layer opacity 85%:
to enhance blues and magentas.
Resized and sharpened.