ABFriday Week 39: March One Photo Focus

Highlighting the creative magic behind post-processed photos

Welcome to ABFriday’s monthly One Photo Focus! This month, 24 different photographers are sharing their post-processing interpretations of one “before” image submitted by Loré Dombaj of Snow’s Fissures and Fractures. Loré says “I took this picture on a beautiful Sunday morning, October 2006. I was visiting Salzburg and was just about to enter the lovely Mirabel gardens, a very beautiful place, when I spotted this cluster of tables in front of the cafe. The figure holding the plant captured my attention and I snapped it without much thought.  Can’t wait to see the results. 😀”

We begin with Loré’s “before” image, followed by the “afters,” and at the end, a gallery of all so you can watch the changes as you scroll through. Be sure to click the links to each participant’s blog as many have written posts “uncovering the magic” behind their “after” images. And if you would like to participate in April’s One Photo Focus and/or ABFriday in general, you’ll find all the details on the After-Before Friday Forum page. Come along and join this zany bunch – we’d love to have you!

Loré Dombaj, March One Photo Focus

Submitted by Loré Dombaj — Snow’s Fissures and Fractures

Loré Dombaj, Snow's Fissures and Fractures

Loré says: I knew there would be some great, crazy edits of my image, so I kept it simple. Few basic things, touch of color and a bit of Focal Soften. I was there and I remember how beautiful the day was, so I tried to bring it back from the corners of my memory.

Submitted by Stacy Fischer — Visual Venturing

Stacy Fischer, Visual Venturing

When I first saw Loré’s image, I was absolutely stumped. I fiddled around in Lightroom to no avail. I imported into Color Efex Pro, my trusty sidekick, to no avail. So I decided to embark on a totally different post-processing workflow. I thought I’d take this lovely scene and transform it into a terrace overlooking some kind of scenic landscape. And with that, I ventured into layering in Photoshop. Now, this is not something I’m very adept at, but thanks to Loré, I have some much needed practice under my belt!  For those who are wondering, the Salzburg cafe is now situated in Seattle 🙂

Submitted by Michelle Lunato — Michelle Lunato Photography

Michelle Lunato, Michelle Lunato Photography

 Submitted by Lynne Ayers — Beyond the Brush Photography

Lynne Ayers, Beyond the Brush Photography

Lynne says: I chose to focus on the face of the statue with the flowers as a secondary focus. I decided not to crop or use a vignette because I didn’t want to crowd the subject.

 Submitted by Robin Kent — PhotographybyKent

Robin Kent, PhotographybyKent

Robin says: I am excited to be participating again in the One Photo Focus “Show and Tell” after missing Number 2 last month (I had a good excuse. Really!)  I must admit, however, that at first I was stumped by Loré’s image and it was only through a last-minute desperate act that I came up with something I liked.  Whether anyone else does is a separate question.

Submitted by Janice Meyers Foreman — jmeyersforeman photography

Janice Meyers Foreman, jmeyersforeman photography

Janice says: Over the last few months I have been following a couple of different blogs, photographers who are using phone cameras to take images and phone apps to process their images, typically referred to as iphonegraphy. I received the email with a link to the group challenge photo while visiting Chicxulub Mexico, there was no internet service at the apartment my parents had rented, so I decided to download the photo to my phone while sitting in a coffee shop. It was the perfect opportunity to try out a few of the apps I had been reading about and experimenting with.

 Submitted by Katie Prior — Drawing with Light

Katie Prior, Drawing with Light

Katie says: I really liked working with Loré’s image and it gave me a chance to try out a few new things.

 Submitted by Cee Neuner — Cee’s Photography

Cee Neuner, Cee's Photography

Submitted by Nic Anderson — Photography by Nic

Nic Anderson, Photography by Nic

Nic says: Once I saw the statue in the photo I knew I wanted to focus in on that and do something artsy with it.  I tried a few things, but in the end I liked the idea of making it look like it had been drawn and then shaded with greys.

Submitted by Stacey/Lensaddiction — Learning to See Light

Stacey/Lens Addiction, Learning to See Light

Stacey says: With thanks to Loré for a challenging image I eventually saw that the lovely stone bowl and statue overflowing with flowers and foliage was the key to this image.  What I then had to do was figure out how to get rid of all the “other” stuff around the edges. Details HERE.  

Submitted by desleyjane — Musings of a Frequent Flying Scientist

desleyjane, Musings of a Frequent Flying Scientist

desleyjane, Musings of a Frequent Flying Scientist

desleyjane, Musings of a Frequent Flying Scientist

Desley Jane says:  I struggled a little with this one. I find the cherub’s face to be so sweet but a little hidden, so I tried to bring it out a little by vignetting the edges in the first two edits. I think the second edit with the closer landscape crop is my favourite, it seems to highlight the face. I also tried a square crop to focus on that cute face. Thanks to Stacy and Loré for this month’s challenge 🙂

Submitted by Jaime Perez — My Photolanguage

Jaime Perez, My Photolanguage

Jaime says: This week I enjoyed a lot post processing Loré’s beautiful picture. I did much more than I’m used to, just because I didn’t find what to do. Anyway, necessity is mother of invention so, I hope ABFriday’s community likes this version, and I’m looking forward to see what others did.  

Submitted by Sara Poyfair — Sara Poyfair Photography

Sara Poyfair, sarapoyfairphotography.com

Submitted by Robyn — Captivate Me

Robyn, Captivate Me

Submitted by Mary Hone — Tales from the Backroad

Mary Hone, Tales from the Backroad

Submitted by Nancy / dogear6 — Living the Seasons

Nancy / dogear6, Living the Seasons

Nancy says: As is my usual, I spent some time with Loré’s picture to evaluate what I saw and wanted to emphasize in it (thanks to Emilio for pointing out that’s how I do my pictures).  The face of the cherub caught my attention and I decided that’s what my focus would be.  I did some adjustments in Lightroom, then used the radial filters to lighten and darken specific areas.  I cloned out the sign that was partially hidden behind the tree and cropped the picture to a square. I took the picture into Photoshop and applied several different Topaz filters to it as well as a border from OnOne.  

As a side note – I cloned out the sign the SECOND time I processed the picture, since I didn’t notice it the first time until I was done with all my adjustments.  It was easier to go back and redo it than try to clone it out so late in the game.  For more on how I adjusted this, visit my blog at http://livingtheseasons.com/2015/03/06/ab-friday-march-2015/.

Submitted by Nancy Merrill — nancy merrill photography

Nancy Merrill, Nancy Merrill Photography

Visit Nancy’s post for information about what she did to Loré’s image. 

 Submitted by Amy — The World Is a Book

Amy, The World Is a Book

Amy says: For this one I explored the Efex and used the motion presetting.

First, I did some basic adjustments on the LR basic panel. Then, I moved the photo to the Efex Pro 2, clicked camera option and selected motion option. From there I played with the “zoom and rotate” a few times, clicked to apply these changes, and did a final re-touching — reducing the saturation and adding vignette, through LR. Voila! 

Submitted by Marsha — Coolquilting

Marsha Leith, Coolquilting

Marsha says: I noticed that there were lots of distractions in the background which could lead to endless editing grief. Luckily, I was really drawn to the face of the statue so the first edit I did was to do a severe crop to focus on the face(and thus eliminating any background distraction). I then took the cropped photo into Oggl and played with various combinations of lens and filters. I liked the effect with the Colaba pak……it gave a nice vintage look. My next step was with the app Scratchcam adding more filters, grain and scratches, to further age the photo. I liked it at this stage so I decided it was done. Please check out my blog post here: http://wp.me/pXgo5-1t4.

Submitted by Benjamin Rowe — Aperture64

Benjamin Rowe, Aperture64

Submitted by Max 510 — Max510’s Blog

Max, Max510.com

Submitted by Raewyn — decocraftsdigicrafts

Raewyn, decocraftsdigicrafts

 Submitted by Emilio Pasquale — Photos by Emilio

Emilio Pasquale, Photos by Emilio

Emilio says: When I first saw Loré’s photo, I was stumped. I couldn’t add clouds to it! Then it came to me that it looks like a photo that would be hanging in a pizzeria. So after considerable processing I’ve come up with a faded representation of the original image- as if the colors have been faded with time, and by the result of the sun shining upon it day after day!

Submitted by Karen Chengelis — KCinAZ

Karen Chengelis, KCinAZ

Karen says :Thank you Loré Dombaj for sending us such a nice picture for One Photo Focus.  I attempted to change it to Black & White and then recolorize the flower pot plants but still don’t have enough knowledge in Lightroom to do that.  Probably should have brought it into Photoshop and done that there.  Mainly I cropped the photo so that the boy’s eyes were at the bottom third line level.  Then applied a few exposure changes plus white & black adjustments, added a beautiful sunlight 2 preset, and finally a vignette.

 Please click on the links of those who contributed this week, to read about their post-processing steps and/or to see what other treasures they have on their blogs. They’d love to have you visit!

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77 thoughts on “ABFriday Week 39: March One Photo Focus

  1. Stacy do you know I have subscribed to the Photoshop/Light room program for a year now and have never done anything with it (yes slap me around here now) for one I just have to get out of auto. and into RAW. like I said before warm weather is coming and I can get out and do so that I can learn to play around in these programs. I get inspired reading your blog! 🙂


    • Mitch, I’ve had PS forever and all I know how to do is clone and heal – though that’s a very powerful tool and one that I sometimes need. Glad the blog inspires you! Go back to my earliest ABFriday posts for videos on using just LR. You can (and I did and have) use it on jpegs!


  2. So many posts I have just got through them all I think. Really nice editing from everyone.
    I was kicking myself when i saw your version Stacy, I was saying dam why didn’t I think of that. A really nice idea to swap out the background.


  3. I think this is the best tutorial you’ve ever given. I’m not kidding. Thumbs WAY up!! The mistakes just make it so real and much more interesting. The only problem was at the beginning when you got me all excited! You said you were going to combine the two photos in lightroom, then corrected yourself. So that got me to thinking. I just found out you can upload your own cloud shots now and insert them into photos so there has to be a way to combine two photos and I will try it for next week if life cooperates. Again, thanks, Stacy. And I really apologize for my submission being so late and incomplete this week. I wanted to join in the fun but really didn’t have enough time with everything that’s going on.


    • Wow, really, Emilio?? Perhaps this week I’ll have a glass or two of wine beforehand – then it should really get interesting 😉 Nah, in all honesty, thanks for your kind comment. I really do tend to spend too much time fretting about making the videos “perfect” (for lack of a better word) and that can make the process less enjoyable for me. So I really do appreciate you giving me the thumbs up that it’s okay to just “do” and not “plan” so much! As for uploading your own cloud photos, I’m assuming you’re talking about in Perfect Effects? Hope that works out! And you never have to apologize to me for anything – I’m just delighted (and grateful) whenever you participate, which is, for the most part, always!


      • I’d love to hear you explain what you’ve done after a glass or two. That might be fun for us. And I wouldn’t worry about excessive pre-planning. It’s better if you talk to us like we’re all friends and in the same room. At least I think so.Yeah, I was talking about Perfect Effects 9 and uploading your own clouds. And then why not your own cityscapes or landscapes for background? I could have the Eiffel tower (the Las Vegas version) in the desert or at the ocean. Oh, this could be fun! And that last line of yours is written at an auspicious moment. I was not going to post to ABF this week and have been considering cutting back considerably because of dealing with my grandfather. Everything just seems to be too much right now, I committed myself to Photo 101 which is not difficult because I am not explaining anything. Just posting a photo. And then, on top of everything else, I removed my external hard drive the wrong way last night and now it is corrupted. Over 3,000 photos dating from 2009 to the present are gone. Unless the computer shop can save me.


  4. Wow Stacy, what an amazing turnout! You should be very proud of yourself, and a little exhausted too after you have gone round all the posts!! I love your idea of replacing the skyline, it’s really worked, you could believe that you were by the waterside. 🙂


    • Glad you liked it, Katie 🙂 It was hard to tell after looking at it for a while if it looked fake or if it would really pass as something plausible. In any event, as I said to Loré, it was fun to take such creative license with it as it taught me some new things!

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  5. Isn’t it amazing how everyone comes up with something different that makes it their own and a completely different shot! I particularly like your idea Stacy, really thinking outside the box, it works so well in this photo so well done 🙂


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