Well its that time again, the time when all of us taking part in the One Photo Focus group get to take a nice image and edit the heck out of it!
This month, our original image comes from Helen Chen and her HHC blog.
Helen submits: The “Treehouse” is a cool fusion of nature and man-made stuctures literally interwined with one another. The Anping Treehouse is a large banyan tree that over the years has literally swallowed an old warehouse that once belonged to Tait & Co Merchant House.
After World War II, in the 1940’s, the warehouse was used for a short time by the Taiwan Salt Corporation but was soon abandoned afterwards. Once no longer in use, the banyan tree went to work and spread its branches and roots forming a spectacular scene for the next 70 years.
— from English in Taiwan
This is picture is so cool, I love the way it shows the house being swallowed by the tree as if nature is reclaiming what is rightfully hers. It has an old world, almost creepy feel to it. I wanted to concentrate on the doorway and the mystery of what might lie behind it.
In Lightroom, I cropped the image, altered the contrast and tone to my liking and converted to black and white. Then I added a bit of split toning to get the “old photo” look.
I thought it just needed a bit more “oomph!” so I exported to Photoshop and then added a texture on top, which I then colourised. I liked the effect this gave the picture, especially around the door where it gives it a kind of ghostly, hazy look.
I’d love to know what you think!
Please don’t forget to check out the other edits of this image at our One Photo Focus group over at Visual Venturing.