Golden Window

Golden Window

Tech Info: Nikon D300s | 70-300 @112 mm | ISO 200 | f/8 | 30s

Another vertical view of the iconic Golden Gate north tower.

Organizing a huge list of picture files are really tiring and boring too. I wish I had embraced my current workflow long time ago – things would have been a lot more simpler. Currently the files get organized in the format of / kind of folder names. At the moment this does the job for me, but back when this was shot, I was just dumping the raw files in some location. It was really hard to find them as I didn’t know where the files were other than performing an exhausting search on all my drives. After implementing the current model, files can be found in a matter of couple of clicks :)


  1. Used Lightroom 2.5 to convert the raw image with some basic adjustments to white balance with a slight crop.
  2. In Photoshop CS4, added a curves layer to get some contrast.
  3. A Hue/Saturation layer with some decrease in saturation.
  4. Resized the image for web and a smart-sharpen filter.
  5. Saved as jpeg and added keywords and metadata through Bridge.

Note: A special thanks to Hitesh & Rohan – my cricket buddies, for helping me to get this new format of displaying Before/After images. Readers of this blog know how much I hate messing with CSS or any front-end elements of the web. All I had to do was to just ask these guys :). Due to the nature of this wordpress template, the images change their display position. I’m yet to figure out why its so, but till then bare with it :)

Hover your mouse over the image to see the Before version.

2 thoughts on “Golden Window

  1. Sudhi,
    I love this shot my friend, great post processing you captured a great perspective of the bridge.
    I agree with the workflow, ever since I started using lightroom 2 years ago I was finally able to arrange my thousands of photos. I started using more keywords on my keepers so they are easier to find.
    Again, great post my friend gorgeous shot.

    • Thanks Charles.

      Just realized that the wordpress editor has stripped off the general format I had mentioned. The current dir structures goes like this for me:

      Year-month-day-ShortDescription eg: 2011-05-24 – Golden Gate Shoot.

      At the moment the above format is enough and when it gets huge, then might probably include a quarter number (Q1, Q2 etc) in it. Also I’m having my lightroom catalog for each quarter. This makes it small enough and lightroom doesn’t slow down :)

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