Last evening’s sunset was, I feel, the most spectacular I’ve photographed in the almost-six and a half years I’ve lived here.
What do you think?
I found some gorgeous Peonies in full bloom on my mile walk to the pharmacy the other day…but I really didn’t care for the way the images turned out…so, of course, this morning I decided to ‘play’ a bit!
I didn’t realize the next image featured a fly and the eyes of two ‘garden decor’ deer until I uploaded.
I decided to get rid of the faux deer–a good choice, in my opinion!
Photoshop’s Artistic Ocean Ripple filter has never really appealed to me–until I ‘played’ with it on this image…and found it added some interest to a very ordinary photo of a Peony.
Combined, these two images took about an hour to process, and the results were entirely worth spending the time to make the ordinary a bit ‘extraordinary’!
You might ask why I bother transforming what are considered dull images?
“Because for me, it’s fun…and everyone needs SOME fun in their lives, don’t they?!?”
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N.B.: The two images above are ‘straight from the camera’…all I did was crop them a bit.
Now is the time of year when the rising and setting sun reflect perfectly in the windows of Evanston’s tallest buildings. It’s just barely touching the CBRE Building, (where the Chase Bank is located…the dark one above), which looked like this at sunset just four evenings ago, on the 15th:
…with Nature, and all the beauty it grants us! The following image was taken during the third week of October at a building a block away.
Branches and Shadows-Original
I really liked the tree, the shadows and the few remaining leaves…but I hated the color of the brick, because it just didn’t allow Nature to show off these gorgeous leaves!
Working in Photoshop (TM) with Selective Color and Contrast, I reduced the reds and yellows until the brick looked right…but the leaves became so very pale.
Utilizing the Lasso, I isolated the leaves (several at a time) and tinted them with several passes of a low-opacity suitable color…
Branches and Shadows-1
Branches and Shadows-2
…finally adding some vignetting (found in the Lens Correction filter), using Sharpen Edges filter, and a small amount of Gaussian Blur.
Branches and Shadows-3
Kind of harsh-looking, isn’t it? I took care of that by adding a bit more Gaussian Blur (0.3) and lessening the Contrast (-36)…e voila!
Branches and Shadows-4
For the final image, Saturation was taken down (-12) and Lighten was added (+3)…and NOW I’m satisfied and hope this helped you to understand some of the FUN I have and the lengths I go to in order to present Nature’s beauty!
Branches and Shadows-Final