|Street Guitar Player - M9, 21 Super Elmar, ~f/4.8, 1/80s, ISO 160|
First, I was walking quickly down the street. I knew the framing I wanted, I knew that I wanted as much of that wall as I could get. So before I got to the spot I was going to shoot from, I pre-focussed using zone focusing. Then when I arrived at the spot I was going to shoot from, I framed from the hip, made the frame and kept walking.
Next, my camera's white balance was set to Auto which in most scenes sets a reasonable white balance. In this case, that super orange wall threw the meter off and the camera decided the white balance should have been closer to tungsten (2850 temp, -18 tint).
With these two facts, the image as it came into Lightroom, untouched looked like this:
The first two things I did was to correct the white balance (setting it to 5000 temp and 0 tint) and crop the frame to the way I had wanted it, which results in:
Then I usually do some tonal adjustments so that I get the kind of global, shadow and highlight contrast I am looking for. In a lot of images I prefer having areas with deep shadow tones. This was a tricky image to work with as small changes to some highlights sliders could result in regions of that orange wall taking on wild colors. I had to experiment and the resulting values at times look contradictory. I made the following tonal adjustments: Contrast +23, Highlights +18, Whites 0, Blacks +40, Clarity +37. In Tone Curve: Highlights -68, Lights +25, Darks -17, Shadows +31. I also applied a post crop vignette which I usually do if I want to darken the edges a bit to bring the attention to the center. This gives the final image (same as one above):
Note that I didn't say anything about vibrance, saturation or the HSL settings. Thats because these were all 0 and were untouched. In fact, looking through a lot of my images, its rare that I apply vibrance or HSL saturation adjustments (one some images I will due targeted hue adjustments).