Weekly Photo Challenge: Pure

Pure

For the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Pure

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After Before Friday: Week 38

AfterBefore Friday is a weekly forum run by Stacy at Visual Venturing where participants get to show their editing skills with (unsurprisingly) an image after they have processed it and what it looked like before. The forum ranges from experts who know Photoshop like the back of their hand to beginners who are just discovering the delights of Lightroom (other programmes are available!). If you want to join in the fun visit Stacy’s blog for all the insider info!

Just to show that Spring is only just around the corner, we have these lovely snowdrops growing in our garden! In the morning the sun shines just behind them, backlighting them nicely. They are very small, delicate flowers and with my new “tubes” I have managed to get near enough for a macro shot. I like the original, but thought it could do with sharpening a little and warming up.

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Before

 

Firstly, I cropped it , just a little to bring the top of the flower with the rain drops into the top left third, then sharpened the image, trying to be very careful not to over-sharpen and concentrating on the main flower by using the radial filter. Then I added a rather large post crop vignette, this was to accentuate the centre of the image and played about with the exposure and shadows to try and increase the illumination from the snowdrop. Finally, in an attempt to warm up the tones of the image, I had a go at using the split toning, some may think that I have gone too far. Anyway, I like the effect, its quite different from the original, but I think more interesting. I hope you like it too, as usual I’d love to know what you think, please feel free to leave a comment.

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After

 

Last week was the reveal of the One Photo Focus image, supplied this month by Loré at Snow’s Fissures and Fractures, check out her OPF image at Stacy’s Visual Venturing.

Next week will be the One Photo Focus, where we all create different edits of the OPF image, in the meantime, check out the other ABF posts this week has to offer.