YAY! Its time for the One Photo Focus for March – hosted by the lovely and delicious Stacey at Visual Venturing.
For those new to this challenge, its where a group of us all edit the SAME image and see what wild and crazy variations result. This is my third entry and I really enjoy seeing all the different and creative ways people approach their image.
This months image was supplied by Lore from Snow Fissures and Fractures
I looked at the image and decided it needed to be about the sculpture and the plants and foliage. I wanted more texture and contrast and there was a lot of distracting stuff around the edges that I needed to cover up in some way, so that was my approach
Post Processing Steps:
1. Tweak image in LR a bit with exposure, contrast, highlights, clarity, shadows and blacks.
2. Bring into PS and duplicate the background layer – this had the immediate effect of adding lots of contrast and detail into the stone bowl and sculpture
3. Added a quite dark grunge layer on top, one with heavy dark edges to cover over the stuff I wanted covered up. Added a mask in and painted through to the layer beneath to remove the heavy grunge over the sculpture and foliage
4. Copied the Layer in step three to enforce the dark grunge edges and again paint through on a mask to remove the grunge on sculpture and foliage.
5. Add a brightness layer as the grunge had darkened the whole image a lot and added a mask and very lightly touched up some of the over bright areas with a low opacity brush to keep tonal ranges consistent and not blow out the whites on the curve of the bowl.
6. Added a quick mask into the background on Step 4 and managed to blur it quite a lot, I also wanted to darken it too but couldn’t figure out how to do it and the blurring helped achieve what I wanted to. Cropped image a tiny bit on right side.
I’m not 100% happy with how the flowers and foliage ended up looking a bit *too* perfect compared to the rest of the image but overall I am happy with what I achieved.
Like it? Hate it? All comments and feedback welcome, its how I learn!