The image I have selected was one taken during the development of Assignment 3, an image of a platform in a dark subway station
The target individual is the man in the center standing in the middle of the platform. I created a virtual copy of this image and then painted a mask onto the figure using a hard edges brush. I then created two further virtual copies and raised the exposure of the first mask by half a stop and lowered the second by the same amount to create the following two images
I found that going much more than half a stop created an artificial look to the image. The white T-shirt on the man in the right of the frame was rather distracting, so a second application of the brush and a much greater decrease in exposure brought me to the final version, where the man in center frame is brought forward and the man in the background pushed back
So that was my final exercise. When I first received the materials for this course, I was struck by the relative lack of content in comparison to TAOP, however, having now completed the exercises I do realize that this has allowed me to bring much more focus onto the assignments, but provided enough learning points to continue to build my skill set. Well balanced!!!!