Week 3 is here, I am enjoying working with this image. This week, I wanted to try a black and white image but I went a route I have never done before. I used two different programs to get to this result. I was looking to make a black and white pencil drawing or even charcoal sketch, and I think I may have achieved that (Click on the image for the easiest viewing).
- Imported my first week’s image into FotoSketcher and used the preset Vintage Photo #1, I messed a bit with the settings to get the look I liked.
- Although I liked the vintage look, it was a little too sepia toned for what I was going for. So, I brought it into Lightroom and started playing with the different presets to see if I could get a better look. I settled on BW look #4
- Then I flipped the image horizontally and cropped it to a vertical image.
- There were a couple of things I needed to do to make this image stand up on its own so I started with a radial filter over the river, it was really light. So I lowered the exposure, added highlights and clarity until I felt it looked more like river waters. I used another radial filter over the water to enhance the highlight of sunlight on the water.
- I used the adjustment brush tool in a couple of places, first the trunks of the tree were only dark at the top of the tree for some reason, so I lowered the exposure on the brush and painted the trunks all the way down so they stood out more. Then I used another brush to highlight the river rocks on the shoreline of the river. The finally adjustment brush was to add highlights to the grasses in the foreground so they weren’t so washed out.
This version is definitely very different from the first two weeks. I am happy with the drawn effect and texture too, like it is drawn on watercolor paper. I am anxious to hear what you think, please feel free to leave feedback or comments. It is how I learn and grow and what I look forward to most about this post each week.
Please check out Robyn’s latest version of her image this week HERE, in the comments of her post you will find other participants links as well. Or use your tag search and look for “One Four Challenge” where you will find everyone’s posts.