Here we are, week 4, again. I can’t believe this is the fourth month of this challenge. I am learning each week and finding easier ways to get to a similar result, which is really exciting for me.
So, this week I decided to tackle the split toning suggestion by Ben from Aperture64 on week 2’s comments. I was really intimidated actually. I read his very helpful darkroom tips on split toning (if you haven’t looked through his series you really should, there is so much information there spelled out clearly) and thought it still felt difficult. But, I went ahead and tried it. I think it felt difficult because he describes using a color wheel or “knowing” the color wheel when working with split tones. I tend to follow my creative intuition when choosing colors and wasn’t sure I could pull it off. But, once I got started and understood that one of the selections was for the main color and the other was for the shadows, I just ran with it and found it was so fun and remarkably effective.
I really think the split toning worked wonders on this image. It is realistic, soft and the color hues wander through the image naturally. I am a huge fan.
- I started with week 1’s edit
- In the split toning section I increased the shadow hue (34) zeroed the highlight hue
- I raised the highlight saturation (57) and shadow saturation (38)
- I raised the split toning balance to (46)
- Then I lowered the contrast and clarity a bit to give it a softer feel
I also felt the need to try an artistic version in FotoSketcher. I thought the dots effect might work out well. I found out I can vary the texture, there are many versions so this texture is version 7. I like it, I would probably focus on the outer center to get some depth there between the center and petals but overall, it is a cool effect and I like the color hues too.
Don’t forget to check out all the other week 4 attempts from other participants by either going to Robyn’s post at Captivate Me, HERE or using your search bar with the tag “One Four Challenge”.
I would really appreciate it if you could vote on your favorite, it is fun to see which one gets the most votes. I’ll let you know the winner at the start of next month. Any comments or feedback are always appreciated…I really enjoy the conversation and learning potential.