I will often get inspired to edit a photo in a certain way based on a painting I admire. In this case it was the watercolor below of The Church of San Jago by the Scottish born painter, David Roberts (1796-1864). Looking at the painting recently, it reminded me of a street scene I shot several years ago in front of Bath Abbey in Bath, England. Of course, my original shot of the abbey looked nothing like the final edit above. However, the tall church with the people milling around below it were all there, just as in the Roberts watercolor, and so I simply tried to get some of the toning and colors in the photo to look similar to those in the painting.
I have never had any luck with “one-click” app filters that are so popular on phones today, or even one-click presets found in more sophisticated photo editing programs. So, my editing technique usually involves several steps most often taking place within several different applications. For example, the basic edits on the photo above were done in Lightroom but most of the effects were handled in Photoshop, using a couple of different plugins including Color Efex Pro 4 and Adobe Paper Texture Pro.