This is the final week for the first month of the fabulous One Four Challenge created by Robyn over at Captivate Me. I took part in this challenge because beyond the original post process in Lightroom I always do and an occasional BW treatment in Nik Silver Efex, I very rarely get creative beyond that.
So this was my opportunity to push myself in an entirely new direction with my post processing, and it has been a real challenge. It felt a lot like my Week 3 entry was cheating because I only opened my first image into Nik Color Efex and chose a preset I liked. It was still a completely different style of image for me but didn’t feel like any real effort went into creating the image.
This week was TOTALLY DIFFERENT!!! This time I had a vision of how I was to process the final image 🙂
A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to attend a day workshop by Trey Ratcliff and he showed how he used different software programs in new and interesting ways (after that workshop I actually went and bought Photoshop, thats how amazing it was!). There was one particular technique he showed that I wanted to try on this weeks Challenge entry.
There is only one small problem…….. I have NO IDEA HOW TO USE PHOTOSHOP!!
Anyway, long story short there are two images for you this week, the first one is my WIP image after playing with it in Photoshop. The second image is my Challenge entry, with the PS image taken back into LR and tweaked a little bit further.
OK this is what happened here:
– imported my Week 1 image as the base image
– imported my Week 2 BW image as a layer
– used Hardlight blend mode to blend the two at around 74%
– toned the colour and saturation down a smidge
Further processing in LR:
– created a large radial filter around the elephant and bough the exposure down a fair bit
– bought down clarity and vibrance a bit
– tweaked the sharpness down until the corners and edges just went a bit blurry
ALL FEEDBACK AND CRITIQUE WELCOMED!
Above are all 4 of my November One Four Challenge entries for your delectation 🙂