How on earth did it get to be August so quickly? Well the good news is that means its time for my favourite monthly challenge – the One Photo Focus Challenge – where a group of us all take the SAME image and edit it in our own unique way – click here for the details and to see all the amazing submissions. I’ll be here when you get back 🙂
This month’s image is from Katie Prior – her blog Drawing with Light
Post Processing Steps:
1. Bought into Lightroom and applied basic global settings, the usual suspects of WB, exposure, clarity, contrast, highlights, whites and blacks, adjusted for the lens and also cropped the bottom quite heavily.
I like how this crop gave you enough foreground detail to be interesting, with great leading lines taking you back and then across again. This feels more balanced to me.
2. In LR then had fun playing with several presets – over time I have collected quite a range but only recently have actually got around to importing them all. Some are artistic and some are technical.
Played with several and saved them with the intention of doing a sky replacement.
3. Opened up PS and bought in all my variations and decided on the base image and the sky replacement image.
Created a mask and painted out the foreground, including the hills in the distance
4. Saved what I had made as a jpg and bought that image back in as a new layer, ran a Find Edges over it, Desaturated that and blended using Multiply at 62%
The purpose of this is to give some interesting texture to the edges and lines, just enough that you see it but not so much it overwhelms the image with its presence. An almost cartoon effect so to speak.
5. Add a Brightness / Contrast adjustment layer and increase the brightness.
6. Finally bring in a film emulsion frame effect, blend with Multiply at 60 % and voila !
This image was fun to work with, it has strong elements, good clean lines and space to work. It is the first time I have done a sky replacement!
Thankyou Katie for a great image, Thankyou Stacy for Challenging us again!
All comments, feedback and useful suggestions welcome!