It is always a mystery which image I am going to choose each month. But, usually there is an image that keeps showing up in my mind when the first week of a new month gets closer and I am thinking of this challenge. This image was the loudest this past week.
My family went camping over Memorial Day weekend. We were at a new to us campground, there was so much to visually enjoy there. I saw these leaves still hanging from a broken branch and they just really caught my eye. My boys were long gone, up the slope, into our campsite before I could pull myself away. I could have sat and photographed so many things on this slope, hopefully the next time we go camping my husband will be with us and I can take all the time I need.
When I was processing this image, I found a number of options with the vibrancy and clarity that I liked. So, I felt like it was versatile enough to experiment for the 4 weeks on. We will see…if anything, I know I will enjoy studying this image for a month, I think it has a story to tell.
- Imported image into Lightroom
- I raised the temperature slightly, along with contrast and highlights
- I lowered the exposure slightly and totally dropped the shadows
- Then I raised the clarity slightly, +7 and dropped the vibrancy slider to -57
So, there were no presets involved, just some slider tweaking. I found this edit to feel delicate and stark, which last years leaves feel like to me, so a realistic edit. I would enjoy hearing your feedback and any suggestions for weeks to come.
If you are at all interested in learning more about this great challenge click HERE to find out all the details from Robyn at Captivate Me. Looking forward to following everyone’s edits this month too. You can find all the edits using the tag, One Four Challenge when you search.