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How was this absolutely stunning colors achieved?

 
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May 30, 2012 17:06 |  #1

As someone fairly new to color grading and processing, I would like to know if anyone could provide insight as to how these colors/ this type of visual style is achieved? I've seen many pictures like it, but this is just a good example of what I mean. Photo was taken from a mexican photography website.

http://www.sanjosefilm​makers.com …exico-photographer.17.jpg (external link)




  
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May 30, 2012 17:25 |  #2

Here's another example

http://www.sanjosefilm​makers.com …exico-photographer.32.jpg (external link)




  
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May 30, 2012 17:38 as a reply to  @ post 14507958 |  #3

This is the photo ill be trying to edit. It's a picture I took about 2 months ago

http://www.flickr.com …/49520014@N02/6​950717196/ (external link)




  
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May 30, 2012 17:51 |  #4

I tried desaturating the image and making a low opacity gradient...No luck at all. It just looks washed out. I know I'm missing something here.




  
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May 30, 2012 17:59 |  #5
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Kevin Stiller wrote in post #14508037 (external link)
I tried desaturating the image and making a low opacity gradient...No luck at all. It just looks washed out. I know I'm missing something here.

Here is a tip ...
Seperate foreground from background in 2 layers.
Process both differently and re assemble the images into one photo.
For example - reduce vibrance in sky and increase saturation in forground.


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May 31, 2012 00:45 as a reply to  @ post 14508613 |  #6

thanks for the help guys, but im not quite seeing the results I want...:/




  
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May 31, 2012 18:15 |  #7

how is this...i'm still new to lightroom...was playing around with it...hope i got it something what you were wanting


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May 31, 2012 18:54 as a reply to  @ ksasser's post |  #8

Still not what I want... sorry. If you observe the picture, the quality is still reserved throughout the grading process, whereas your picture looks like it has lost a lot of detail and doesn't look like the colors match




  
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May 31, 2012 18:55 |  #9

Here's my attempt. Not sure if it's close to what you are hoping to do.

IMAGE NOT FOUND
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HTTP response: 404 | MIME changed to 'text/html' | Byte size: ZERO

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May 31, 2012 20:05 |  #10

In ACR or Lightroom, try increasing contrast, decrrease saturation in the reds, push up the black point, then move your white balance around. See how you do. I'm not on my machine or I'd go be specific.

At base what you're looking at is not that complex.


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May 31, 2012 20:11 |  #11

Sorry man i tried...still new to this stuff...i thought it looked good tho




  
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May 31, 2012 21:08 |  #12

Note: Certain terms used in my post refers to tools in Lightroom. For reference, I use LR 3.4. Never do I say that I am entirely sure of what this photographer did--I am just calling things as I see them.

The first one looks like it had a Tone Curve manipulation so it pops a little more. The blues in the sky look subdued--looks like he (or she) used the Camera Neutral profile in Camera Calibration, upped the Temperature a bit, and dropped the Blue Luminance a knotch or two.
Some portions of the clouds are blown while the rock that the bride is standing on seems pretty dark so I suspect that a fair amount of Contrast was added but it is hard to say for certain. It seems that some Sharpening was added too to help the textures on the rock and the dress pop.
Gradient filters might have been used to brighten and/or darken portions of the sky but it is hard to say for certain.

The second example that the OP provided looks more flat compared to the first one--almost as if the tone curve was left linear. Again, it looks like he (or she) used the Camera Neutral profile in Camera Calibration and also upped the Temperature a bit (the blue in the sky looks subdued but differently than the first photo).
It looks like some brownish sort of filter was placed over the image but I can't say for certain since I don't use the Photoshop CS3 (or any of the CS series) regularly. The brownish colour may be the byproduct of increasing Temperature as well but I believe that additional work in a Photoshop CS program was done to the image.


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Jun 01, 2012 18:06 |  #13

OP are you in Lightroom or Photoshop CS?


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Jun 02, 2012 15:31 as a reply to  @ S.Horton's post |  #14

Well, I'm not sure, but here's my try...

IMAGE NOT FOUND
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HTTP response: 404 | MIME changed to 'image/png' | Byte size: ZERO

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Jun 02, 2012 16:09 |  #15

Mostly desaturation and color tone changes.


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