Week 2 is here, this week I stuck with Lightroom for my edits. I am sure I will get back to FotoSketcher before the month is over. I did a lot of experimenting and I was actually getting a bit frustrated, not because I couldn’t find a nice edit. Instead, there are so many possibilities I couldn’t get any traction in any one direction. But, this is one of the edits that came out of the experiments.
The center of the flower is softer than I was hoping for, it is a deep crop so I guess that makes sense. I really like the white-wash feel and the soft details in the petals. So, that is why I chose it.
- Import original in LR and did some minor touch-ups with the basic settings. The main edit here was increasing the exposure significantly. I found if I raised the exposure (+1.8) and lowered the contrast (-33) and clarity (-26) it created this nice dreamy effect.
- I experimented a lot with the crop, I am still learning, especially with crops, so I tried a number of different options and settled on this one.
- I added two radial filters to the center of the flower. The first reaching all the way to the outer yellow, I updated the clarity, highlights and exposure for this area. The second just for the very center, trying to clean up the softness as much as I could.
- I also adjusted just the orange and yellow hues and saturation to give some depth to the center colors
Please make a point to visit Robyn at Captivate Me this week. You will find links to other participants in this challenge HERE, rules to join us are here to. You can also use your tag search using “One Four Challenge”.
I would appreciate your feedback, comments, ideas or anything on your mind about my poppy. Spring is in the air!