trevormoffiet (1800) 2014-01-12 03:57:00The main change was cropping to try and make it look as though Garibaldi was not standing on a plinth. In Lightroom 4 I then moved the highlight slider to the left to reduce exposure on the statue highlights. Garibaldi's image then became a little flatter but detail was enhanced. I then increased contrast a bit to compensate for some of this induced flatness.
trevormoffiet (1800) 2013-11-28 03:36:13The original image was very flat and underexposed. Bev (RoyalDevon)was probably right when she said that I overdid the contrast and the greens were not natural (good critique feedback; should be more of it). However, there was no deliberate attempt to directly change colour saturation other than what occurred through contrast and clarity adjustment. To me the blue on the posted image looked exactly like I saw it (in my mind's eye). While the greens and the contrast in the posted image were overcooked in retrospect, in the unprocessed image they were also not how I 'saw, them.
The following is a similar image but with 'better' exposure to try and show better the colours and light as seen by the camera's inbuilt 'raw' processor. This image was downsized directly from the raw file to jpeg with no post-processing (but the downsized jpeg was sharpened). The image is rather flat, uninteresting and not representative of my memory of the light at that time. Raw images are typically flatter than in-camera processed jpeg images.
trevormoffiet (1800) 2013-10-23 23:46:40Cropped. Brushed and adjusted parameters separately for: Horse head, other Horse, house, farm equipment, mountain background and clouds.
Other adjustment were mainly with sliders: Contrast (right), whites (left), highlights(far left), shadow (far right), clarity (Slightly right). Slight positive saturation on blue.Slight negative saturation on red.