The end of another month, doing this challenge really emphasizes how quickly a week goes by. I have six versions for this month due to the FotoSketcher processing in the first week. There were quite a few of you who enjoyed the Emergence effect over the Merged images, so I thought I would include it in the gallery.
This week, I tried to capture some sharpness in the center of the flower, it was really bothering me that the center was so soft. It is still a bit soft but better than in previous weeks, at least I think so. I also wanted to see if I could find a crop that filled the frame with the flower.
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- I went back to the original image and I played around with different crops, nothing was working. This was mostly due to the different shapes of each petal and distance between each. When I tried a close crop there were distracting elements of the background or a given petal that I didn’t enjoy.
- So, I decided to flip the image horizontally but, it wasn’t enough. It made the image feel like it was going to fly away. So I also rotated the image 90 degrees to the left. This brought a balance to the image that I liked. I cropped vertically because I liked seeing the fullness of the petals this way.
- Then I touched up the image by adding a radial filter to the center and adjusting the outside of that radial filter so the petals were soft yet detailed. Within the radial filter I brought up the luminescence of the oranges and yellows.
- I added an adjustment brush to the petals brushing some contrast and highlights to give more detail to the petals without overwhelming them.
- The final step was to add a radial filter in an oval shape over the majority of the image. I was looking for a soft border on this image. I played with the clarity, contrast until I liked it and I added a lot of saturation as well which helped soften the brightness of the center of the flower by bring the color up on the edges.
Please let me know which version you enjoy the most in the poll below and offering why in the comments would be very helpful. I really do use this challenge as a way to make mistakes and learn. I always appreciate your feedback and support.
Next month, we are sharing past edits. So, I think I will post two One Four Challenge posts next month. The first being, the images with the most votes. The second, what I have learned so far and which images did I learn the most from. Please check out Robyn’s blog, Captivate Me, click HERE to see all the details and look in the comments to find links to other participants. You can also find all of our entries for this week by using your tag search with the key word One Four Challenge.