Baby it’s cold outside

Rowster Coffee

And here is the larger version on Flickr.

Tech Specs: Sony ILCE-7 FE 55mm F5.6 ZA ƒ/1.8 1/125 ISO 160

I took this at the coffeeshop down at the end of my block in 2015. It was much darker inside than out, so this one took a bit of post processing. I don’t typically go for the HDR look, but my edits here sort of mimics what an HDR process might do and I like the end result.

Lightroom 5 on a Mac was used. I cropped the image because I wanted to remove the door knob on the left and I wanted a 16×9 image for more of a cinematic feel (5753×3236 – original was 6000 x 4000). I had to create a custom white balance to account for the yellow outside and cold blue inside. I also increased the contrast +30. Clarity is at +100 and Vibrance is at +7 while Saturation was dropped to -8. Highlights are -100 and shadows are +100, which is how this approaches an HDR feel. The only HSL I do in this image is Luminance for Yellow is -31 (again, the outside was too yellow compared to the inside). When you bump shadows so much, you are much more likely to add noise even on a low ISO shot, so I bumped the Luminance of the Noise Reduction to +27.

I have lens correction turned on. I also had to turn on Remove Chromatic Aberration and the bottom right side of the many had some blue-greens I had to remove with the eye dropper. I have Post-Crop Vignetting turned on for Highlight Priority at -25. I ended with a brush applied on areas that were too bright as shown below. The brush was set at Exposure -.62 and Highlights -37.

LR brush

Brush strokes

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