This week's theme is Looking Up, and I think my photo fits in well. I took this photo while at the Mets' home opener.
This is the straight of of the camera shot (SOOC). It is completely unedited, except converted from Raw to a JPEG and I think I accidentally sharpened it a little when I exported it to Flickr.
You can see it was pretty dark, although it wasn't really underexposed. The weather was awful that day and the sky was really pretty dark, so the photo is actually pretty realistic.
Working with Lightroom 3, I increased the brightness to 67, exposure to .78, black clipping to 13, light tones to 23, and highlights to 6, and I decreased the dark tones to -26 and shadow tones to -26. I also did luminance smoothing to 28. (Do I sound like I know what I am talking about? I really just fiddled with the sliders until the photo looked better to me.)
And here is the final result.
As for the trees, I took this photo at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. I liked how the blossoms were falling off the trees and they looked like rain. By the way, I have a special fondness for these trees because my husband and I had our wedding reception at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens and had some of our wedding photos taken under these trees.
I am submitting this photo to Shutter Love Tuesdays at the Trendy Treehouse (Trees)and The Five Subject Notebook's Photo Challenge (Happy).