December One Photo Focus

Highlighting the creative magic behind post-processed photos

Welcome to ABFriday’s monthly One Photo Focus! This month, two dozen photographers are sharing their post-processing interpretations of one “before” image submitted by Julie Powell of Julie Powell Photography.

We begin with Julie’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 January’s One Photo Focus (our one-year anniversary post!), you’ll find all the details on the After-Before Friday Forum page.

Don’t forget to check out After-Before Friday, hosted by Benjamin Rowe on Aperture 64. There you can share the magic “after” of your own “before” image, every Friday except the first Friday of each month (when One Photo Focus runs)!


Julie Powell, Julie Powell Photography, December One Photo Focus

Submitted by Julie Powell — Julie Powell Photography

Julie Powell, Julie Powell Photography

Submitted by Stacy Fischer — Visual Venturing

Stacy Fischer, Visual Venturing

So, I decided Julie’s image was the perfect one to try my hand at Photoshop layers, and as you can see, I had a blast! I started with a textured background layer. From there, I selected the rose using the quick selection tool, copied it, and pasted it onto the background twice, enlarging it and rotating it a bit each time. Then I added an image I took of a fern and somehow managed to figure out how to erase the portion of the fern covering the rose so it would show through. I played around with opacity and fill levels of the layers to get the look I wanted and finished up by adding a craquelure effect to the rose (filter-texture-craquelure) and poster edging to the fern (filter-artistic-poster edges), and adding a frame (filter-render-picture frame). In Color Efex Pro, I used the “foliage” filter to bump up the fern leaves and  a bit of “glamour glow” to soften the craquelure effect that I decided was a bit too heavy handed.

It could be that I went a bit overboard with all the effects, but I was having way too much fun to stop! Thanks, Julie, for a wonderfully fun image for December’s 1PF!

Submitted by Cee Neuner — Cee’s Photography

Cee Neuner, Cee's Photography

Cee says: I liked the small dew drop and the shadows inside the tulip. Since I really don’t change flowers often, I thought I would play around with the color a tad bit.

Submitted by Sherry Felix – Port4u

Sherry Felix, Port4u

Sherry says: Using Julie Powel’s photo. I did a few adjustments in Lightroom, then in Photoshop I created duplicate layers and added directional blurs and masked out some parts. I enhanced the edges using filter – stylize – find edges. I also used adjustment layers.

Submitted by Chris — sv-takeiteasy

Chris, sv-takeiteasy

Chris says: Flowers are always a pleasure to work with and loaded with meaning.  This was a nice opportunity to play with layers and masks to put my interpretation on this delicate tulip.

Submitted by Laura Macky — Laura Macky Photography

Laura Macky, Laura Macky Photography

Submitted by Klara — Sliku svoju ljubim II

Klara, Sliku svoju ljubim II

Submitted by Bren Ryan — RyanPhotography

Bren Ryan, RyanPhotography

Bren says: I decided to crop the image and do the whole processing this time in Photoshop. I added a texture, which I blurred and darkened in Camera Raw Filter… I then added a colour lookup to create the blue effect of the flower and then added some adjustment layers till I achieved the image I wanted. My post link is

 Submitted by Raewyn — decocraftsdigicrafts

Raewyn, decocraftsdigicrafts

Raewyn says: I played around with different filters in both Photoshop and Nik Color Efex – and using layers as well. Not really my best but still learning.

Submitted by Helen Chen — HHC Blog

Helen Chen, HHC Blog

Helen says: First, I want to thank everyone who edited my photo in Nov. I have learned a lot, particularly in the areas of “texture”, “depth” and “color”. So I am stepping out of my box this month, trying to apply what I have learned in this month’s photo. Still have a lot to learn, but I am glad I have made my first step.

I sharpened, cropped, and enhanced the light a little bit like usual. Then I played with “Hue and Saturation” using new adjustment layer. That’s about it… other than using brush, stamping… to do some final tuning. At first, I tried to write down each step, but soon I had so much fun that I had to keep going and forgot to write anything down.

Submitted by George McCane — Photoman401

George McCane, Photoman401

George says: I processed this in Lightroom CC, I blurred the background and also desaturated the background, then I sharpened the image and put it in my frame.

Submitted by Natalie — Middle Europe

Natalie, Middle Europe

Natalie says: I love playing with flower photos and decided to make a composite image of the flower showing some details as well as the whole flower. 

Submitted by Michelle Lunato — Michelle Lunato Photography

Michelle Lunato, Michelle Lunato Photography

Michelle says: I loved this shot of Julie’s! When I see her edits, I always think of art. Therefore, I tried to take her great photo and make it into something like a painting, or what I like to say, artsy:) Hopefully, I succeeded.

Submitted by Robin Kent — PhotographybyKent

Robin Kent, PhotographybyKent

Robin says: Many thanks to Stacy for continuing to manage the One Photo Focus, which is becoming a great way to kick off each new month.  And special thanks to Julie Powell for contributing a truly interesting challenge for this month’s 1PF Challenge.  I saw it as an opportunity to try some combined effects in Photoshop.  Briefly, I made three separate images each with a different effect: one was a curves adjustment layer using the color negative preset; the second was a “Neon Glow” filter from the Filter Gallery; and the third was a “Glowing Edges” filter also from the Filter Gallery.  The three were stacked as separate layers, then using masks on each layer, I reduced the opacity of various sections in each layer to produce the overall effect.  The final steps were a severe sharpening with the Unsharp Mask tool, flattening the layers, and an overall Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer.  Total Time: about 15 minutes. 

Submitted by Marie — The Syllabub Sea

Marie Davies, Syllabubsea

Submitted by Bryan — theonlyD800inthehameau

Bryan, theonlyD800inthehameau

Submitted by Joanne Ritchie — Coffee Fuels My Photography!

Joanne Ritchie, Coffee Fuels My Photography!

Submitted by KK — KnowledgeKnut

KK, KnowledgeKnut

KK says: I can’t really remember what I did.  This is not the only edit – there are about a dozen and this is a combination of at least 4.  If you cruise by my blog – I’ll have the others posted and hopefully an explanation of what I did!

Submitted by Yan Balczewski — From Hiding to Blogging

Yan Balczewski, From Hiding to Blogging

Submitted by Nic Anderson — Photography by Nic

Nic Anderson, Photography by Nic

Submitted by Emilio Pasquale — Photos by Emilio

Emilio Pasquale, Photos by Emilio

Submitted by Max 510 — Max510’s Blog

Max510, Max510's Blog

Max says: I thought it’s already a very beautiful shot that my job is really soft this time…

Submitted by Nancy Merrill – nancy merrill photography

Nancy Merrill, nancy merrill photography

Nancy says: When I saw Julie’s image, I knew that I wanted to crop in close to the flower and go black & white. I used Photoshop’s Rough Pastels gallery filter to create the final image.

Submitted by Amy — The World Is a Book

Amy, The World Is a Book

Amy says: I used LR and added five filters through Nik Efex to come up with the final version. 

 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!

So what do you think of the ABFriday forum?

Feel free to leave your thoughts and suggestions in the comment section. And don’t forget to view the guidelines if you want to participate. I’d love to have you onboard!

34 thoughts on “December One Photo Focus

  1. Sorry for the late reply, I thought I had commented on this last Friday… heh, it appears that I only glanced at it on my phone but didn’t get to my computer… oops. Great turn out this month! Lots of great interpretations. 🙂 I love that you had so much fun learning and playing with layers and filters, that’s the point, right? 🙂 Pasting and twisting the image twice is a neat idea I never thought of, but has a really cool effect.


    • LOL, no apology necessary, Nic! As you can see, I’m just now responding to my last Friday posts and haven’t yet begun to make the rounds of everyone who participated. Time just seems to be in short measure these days!

      Glad you liked the “twisting” – it really was just playing around, kind of an “ahah” thing 🙂 Now, if I could only remember how I did what I did with everything 😉

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  2. What a collection, each one so individual. I’m amazed at the creativity. I loved seeing all the different treatments collected together at the bottom of the post.

    This must be a huge undertaking for you, Stacy. I applaud your efforts in bringing so many photographers together, then sharing all the stories.


    • Thanks, Alys 🙂 It does take some organization, but I’ve learned a few things as we’ve gone along. I have post templates that I copy and plug in each month’s information so I don’t have to start from scratch, and I have draft emails that I do the same thing with each month. It helps. But if I don’t keep up with submissions as they come in, well, then it can become a bit crazy. But I love it and am so grateful to all who participate, either by submitting or commenting.


  3. This challenge is amazing and I hope to join in sometime – and I love how u post each photo here for us to see – I came here from the “world is a book” and after seeing her one edit this was like a buffet! It is hard to pick a fav – but enjoyed scrolling – going to look again right now!


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