We met this fellow while walking along the streets of Toronto last year. He was painting the sidewalk and asking for donations towards a plane ticket to Vancouver. He wanted to try his luck out there.
As far as the treatment of this photo goes, I can’t take much credit. I applied a preset in Lightroom® called Creative Catalyst 19 that I picked up somewhere on the internet. It changes the color balance, emphasizing the blues, adjusts the contrast and increases the exposure to give that washed, faded color look. Intense sharpening and slight vignetting are also used by the preset. I liked the result so much that I left it as is, which is rare for me. I have to confess, all I really can take credit for is the composition, but I’m pretty proud of that. I wasn’t sure the photo was worth saving until I cropped it. I’m glad I did because I really like the finished product.
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