Snow Day Split Toning
A sudden heavy snowfall over the past 24 hours has me sitting around the house twiddling my thumbs, so I thought I would revisit some old images and edit them differently. Sometimes we edit in a hurry, particularly if we have a lot of images to get through so it's always worth revisiting your old stuff when time allows. I really liked this shot of the Chicago skyline reflected in lake michigan so decided to try a little split toning on it and see how it looked.
Split toning is the process of adding different colours to the shadows and highlights of an image. Making these changes can dramatically alter the emotion of an image, it is very popular on social media and is worth understanding and trying out for yourself.
I think cityscapes often suit this method of editing, it changes the mood entirely and what better city than the tall skyscrapers of Chicago reflected softly in lake michigan. There are some lovely blue and purple highlights in the city skyline at night and these compliment each other nicely once the sodium yellow light from the streetlamps is removed and artificial lighting in the buildings returned to white. I really like this image, it's very simple and clean and the colours seem to sit well with the overall aesthetic.
The original shot is a mash of colour with sodium lighting and reflected 'glow' scattered across the frame, I actually like the shot but the split toned image is much 'cleaner' and will suit many other peoples tastes. When it comes to commercial use the cleaner, seemingly less cluttered shot is almost always the winner.
So, if you're having a slow day and looking to pass the time, get those old images up on the screen and see what you can do to rejuvenate them.
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