Before we get to the after-before galleries, just a reminder that today’s post reveals the May ABFriday One Photo Focus photo! What is One Photo Focus? It’s the first ABFriday of each month when all participants edit the same photo. Fun? You betcha! Check out April’s 1PF!
In a nutshell, here’s how it works:
- The photo to be edited is revealed in the ABF post two weeks in advance.
- If you’d like to join in, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will send you links to the full-sized RAW and jpeg files. Download the one you wish.
- Email me your “after” image no later than midnight EST Wednesday, April 1, two days prior to the post.
A time zone converter and all the important submission details are on the After-Before Friday Forum page, as are the details for participating in “regular” ABFriday posts. Come along and join us in one or the other (or both) – we’re a fun-loving group!
May’s One Photo Focus Photo!
Submitted by Shane Francescut — The Weekly Minute
Now back to our regularly scheduled ABFriday post with all the creative after-before photos submitted this week!
My submission: This week, I’ve used a combination of LR5, Photoshop CC, and Google Nik Dfine2 and Color Efex Pro 4 to bring life to this golden hour shot of the Jefferson Memorial taken during the recent “peak” cherry blossom weekend. While I use a number of programs, the steps in each one are few. After taking a look at the finished photo with fresh eyes (and after I finished the video), I decided to add a graduated filter loaded with decreased exposure (-24) from the top left corner to about the middle of the memorial to provide a bit more of a vignette. The crop on the photo in the video is also a bit different from the one I initially used – the photos show the “correct” crop.
Submitted by Robin Kent — PhotographybyKent
Robin says: Here in Virginia, Mother Nature is orchestrating her renewal of life cycle (AKA Spring) at breakneck speed. In about two weeks, we are likely to see the English bluebells, at least where they were planted. Last year, stealthy maneuvers were required to sneak into the backyard of a nearby house where a passel of these little beauties were showing off and there was time for only a few exposures. Details about what happened when I returned to the safety of my digital darkroom can be found here.
Submitted by Klara — Sliku svoju ljubim II
Klara says: This was edited in Silver Efex Pro 2 with Full Dynamic (harsh) filter.
Submitted by Michelle Lunato — Michelle Lunato Photography
Michelle says: I have been so off with my planned schedule and my moods have been all over the place. So, I figured, lets go with another abstract. This one started off with a less-than-successful iPhone photo. I was playing around with my macro app and the the focus was just not there. Instead of throwing out the photo, I decided to tweak it and distort it until the blah photo was something that caught my eye. Here is how I took this sad photo to what I thought was a lot more interesting…
Submitted by Katie Prior — Drawing with Light
Katie says: Here are my before and afters for this week, sorry I missed last week’s, but it was nice just looking at the posts. We had a great (but cold!) holiday, anyway and now are getting back into the swing of normal life again. I got a chance to get quite a few photos, although many of them are the same or similar! I will be working my way through them too.
Submitted by Nic Anderson — Photography by Nic
Nic says: I have several images from a beach outing one early cloudy morning back in 2013. I wanted to try out some of what I did last week on those images to see if I could bring up the colors and contrast. Of course, it just wasn’t that easy, and I don’t even know if I can write up a tutorial for all the steps I had to take. But in the end, I like the image and thought you all would get a good laugh at my subject just as I do.
Submitted by Lynne Ayers — Beyond the Brush Photography
Lynne says: My objective was to highlight the door and downplay the unavoidable tourists.
Submitted by Loré Dombaj — Snow’s Fissures and Fractures
Loré says: This week it was all about transforming a bland image into possibly not so bland image. 😀
Submitted by Benjamin Rowe — Aperture64
Ben says: This week spring really is getting into full spring with blossom on the trees opening and the days getting a bit warmer. This weeks submission is from enjoying a nice afternoon photographing fresh blossom. My post will be live here.
Submitted by Nancy Merrill – nancy merrill photography
Nancy says: I wanted to try some of the Envision presets I recently bought from Little Lusker. For this image, I made most of the adjustments using PhotoShop’s RAW converter, and then used the following presets:
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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