The culmination of four weeks of tinkering, exploring and learning. Here are my four different images, and the original as well. I will include a poll at the end of the post, where you can vote on your favorite. I’ll write a poem inspired by the winning image and post it on Thanksgiving.
This week I just started clicking and sliding away. I decided at some point something interesting would appear, and if not, I would just return to the original and start again.
My break through came when I dropped the exposure significantly, like more than -1.30. It brought a beautiful depth to this image that I didn’t know was hiding in there. Here are the details, or what I remember of them anyway.
- Started with my original image
- Placed the Direct Positive preset over the image
- Went through the basic treatment slide bars and made some corrections
- Used the Radial Filter tool, still learning how to use this, went from the middle out leaving a portion of the edges out of the filter. I lowered the clarity, exposure and feathering to bring out the most pronounced leaves in the middle third of the photograph.
- There was still something missing, I didn’t like the colors. So I started significantly moving each slidebar to the left, then right, honestly I was just looking for what I liked.
- I moved the exposure significantly down and started seeing some real progress with the image. Especially where the tinges of light are concerned.
- I did some final tweaks of the basic treatment slide bars again, just to really see what I wanted too.
I can’t believe this is the final week to work on this image. I must say, the community participating in this challenge is so supportive, thank you. I have learned a lot from your comments and your own posts. I would love to hear what you think about this latest rendition, and don’t forget to vote! And finally, click HERE to find everyone’s submissions this week. Robyn’s Captivate Me, hosts this challenge. Next month starts the next series, check out her blog for all the details and join in.