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.

    1. 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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