I really wanted to try and bring out the action in this shot by focusing in on the look on this cowboy’s face and the dirty flying everywhere.
I opened this photo up in Raw and made a few slight changes. Then, I sharpened and adjusted levels. I copied the layer and blurred the top layer with Gaussian Blur then erased the face, steer, and flying dirt to focus in on that area. I cropped in to tighten in on the shot and dodged a bit around the edges to bring more attention to the cowboy.
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