Welcome to the One Photo Focus post for the After Before Friday Forum. If you are not familiar with 1PF, I highly recommend it. The challenge, which is hosted by Stacy on Visual Venturing, is about challenging photographers from all levels to edit one photograph. They can edit dramatically or subtly. The fun is seeing all the different possibilities on that one photograph.
This month’s photo to manipulate was taken by Robin Kent of Photography by Kent. What a bold picture to have fun with!
For this photo, I wanted to do something fun but yet elegant. I was pressed for time though so I just decided to give myself a few minutes to play. No holds bar, no over thinking, just go and do what you can in a few minutes and leave it. So here is what I did in Photoshop CS5:
- Duplicated the photo into another layer.
- Applied the Fresco filter to one layer (brush size 10, details 9, and texture 1).
- This gave it a kind of “painting” look.
- Added the Glowing Edges filter to another layer (edge width 9, brightness 11, and smoothness 12). Then made this layer 40 percent opaque and made it the top layer.
- This gave the clouds a bit of “electric” highlights.
- Erased everything out of the glowing edges layer but the sky.
- This let me keep the “electric” sky but the “painting” look in the White House and the grounds.
- Raised the curves of the Fresco filter layer (the “painting” look) to brighten up the lower part of the photo.
- Merged the two layers into one picture.
- Applied the HDR Toning option and turned the details down completely.
- This made the picture details more smooth, more muted.
After those steps, here is what I got:
So what do you think? What would you have done differently?
Feel free to comment and critique. I find that honest feed back is truly the only way to learn. And, I know that not all tastes are the same. Therefore, my feelings are not hurt easily by any suggestions or tips.
Now make sure you go check out Stacy’s post for today! She posts all the different edits (and links) on this picture on her site. It is a ton of fun to see all the different edits in one place. And, it is a great community of photographers to engage with as well.