The Smith River, Gasquet CA
Okay, time for week 2’s version of this image. I started playing in FotoSketcher, I love that program by the way, and quickly found that there were many directions I could go. For some reason, this image lends itself well to the virtual art textures.
I saved a number of options and shared them with my husband. He liked them, a lot, but made the point that he felt it was dishonest or going to far, to make it look so much like a painting. In other words, FotoSketcher was doing too good of a job! I could see his point. The incredible dedication it takes to bring a watercolor to life, is well beyond my talents. And, to push a “draw” button and instantly have what looks to me like a masterpiece, feels a little off.
A few hours past, and I went back to the drawing board. In Lightroom I started experimenting and decided I would try to replicate a painted/watercolor effect as best I could, while “painting” with the slidebars. And, I was instantly amazed at what started taking shape on my screen. Click on the image to get the full, painted, effect.
- I started with where I left off from last week.
- In Lightroom I knocked the exposure way down (-1.55) and brought the contrast up to (81) also I brought the shadows up too
- I moved the clarity down from (-31) to (-81) and added the vignette preset 1
- Then I played individually with Aqua, Blue, Yellow and Orange luminescence/hue/saturation until I was satisfied with the color blends
- Finally, I added a radial filter to the sandy area giving some light moving towards the river
Don’t worry, I didn’t delete my FotoSketch creations. And, I know this is the right challenge to showcase such processing, as some of us have discussed in my comments from last month. They will come into play in the next couple weeks. I just wanted to try my hand at doing it without FotoSketch and see what happened. That is what this weeks attempt is.
Of course, I always appreciate your opinion and encourage you to let me know what you are thinking. Don’t forget to check out the other participants work this week. You can find them at Robyn’s blog, Captivate me, in the comments or search for the tag “One Four Challenge”.