I have sufficient experience in Photoshop and prefer it over Lightroom. I want to know the directions to achieve these specialties of the image below:

  1. Facial details in wrinkles and hair.

  2. Dull cyan-like color all over the image without giving a feel of sheet of coloured paper over it.

  3. Overall dull look in terms of light with good exposure, less contrast but so less haze. These are conflicting properties.

  4. Color of water.

  5. I think sky can be made so by dehazing, desaturating and reducing blacks.

I might be wrong in some of my assessments here, if so please correct me!

Image by Paolo Piantadosi on Behance

Image by Paolo Piantadosi on Behance: The old man and the sea

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    \$\begingroup\$ 1) possibly this \$\endgroup\$
    – xenoid
    Commented Jun 21, 2019 at 20:20
  • \$\begingroup\$ Oh yes! Thank you. 1) Sorted out "Freaky amazing detail" by Calving Hollywood youtube.com/watch?v=ZV9u0Wu8L0M or a bit of youtube.com/watch?v=i1GPbuv0IwM if we need a pop-out. Looking forward to the other 5 \$\endgroup\$
    – user79596
    Commented Jun 22, 2019 at 6:03
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    \$\begingroup\$ If you google "Bleach bypass look" for your particular flavor of post processing app, you'll be well on your way. \$\endgroup\$
    – Michael C
    Commented Jun 24, 2019 at 8:41
  • \$\begingroup\$ @MichaelC yes thank you! That was enough for third part. I think I can incorporate the same in xenoid's method while I am popping the details out. \$\endgroup\$
    – user79596
    Commented Jun 24, 2019 at 17:03
  • \$\begingroup\$ Dunno....looks to me like not only was cyan added to the image, but cyanide to the model. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jan 9, 2020 at 18:34

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Isolate person, apply tone mapping to him only or dodge and burn shadows and highlights by hand.

Add cyan to entire image, this also adjusts the water/sky color.

That is the basic adjustments that I see. I don't think the background was selected and processed separately. I think most of the processing was done on the isolated subject.

Note: Without the original to judge by, it is not possible to give specific answers.


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