Week 2 of 4 with this image. I went back and forth trying to decide which image to give you this week. I settled on a Valentine inspired flower, since it this pink, heart-loving holiday is this coming Friday.
I had fun with this edit, I wasn’t sure where I was going with it, as usual. I knew I wanted to try a color change but I wanted it to look realistic too. There was quite a bit of playing going on here, I even tried some new ideas in LR wondering if they would work and I was pleasantly surprised when they did.
- I started with the top settings but wasn’t getting anything that I liked. So I moved down the panel to the split toning section and increased the highlights significantly (+86), Split Toning Balance increase (+68), Shadow Saturation increase (+25) and Luminescence Smoothing increase (+13)
- Then I went up to the stand-by toggles, slightly raised the exposure, decreased highlights, increased shadows, added white and black clipping, added clarity and dropped vibrancy and saturation slightly.
- I added an inverted radial filter to the center circle where I added clarity, sharpness and adjusted the color tint and temperature until I liked what I saw. I also updated the contrast and saturation levels here too.
- At this point I wanted to bring out some highlights in the petals and center. So I used the adjustment brush to first make a wide sweep of the center, with a bit of clarity and highlights. Then I made a sweep in the middle of the petals giving them a slight highlight which I think helps add to the details of the radial image.
- Finally, I adjusted the exposure slightly as well as added some extra white clipping.
I liked working in the split toning area, the results were quick and interesting. It was the first time I have ventured that far down the panel. I am sure I will find myself there more often as these challenges continue.
If you are wondering how to get involved in this challenge please read about it on Robyn’s blog, Captivate Me, she goes over all the details HERE. And, if you are interested in how other participants have edited their photographs you can either find them in the comments of this week’s post from Robyn, follow the link above, or type “One Four Challenge” in your Tags search, we are all there.
I would love to hear your thoughts and feedback on this week’s version. I enjoy hearing from you and learn so much in the process. Thank you for taking time to do so. Have a beautiful week!