Happy One-Year Anniversary to One Photo Focus! It’s been such a fun year, seeing all the amazing, fun, and wonderfully crazy post-processing from all who have taken part in this forum. I can’t thank you enough for your support, your enthusiasm, and your friendship, as well as for sharing the “magic” behind your creations. I can’t think of a better way to begin 2016 than with a One Photo Focus post. And many thanks to Laura Macky of Laura Macky Photography for submitting our anniversary image.
So, 25 photographers found enough time in December to share their post-processing interpretations of Laura’s image. We begin with Laura’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 February’s One Photo Focus, 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)!
Submitted by Laura Macky — Laura Macky Photography
Submitted by Stacy Fischer — Visual Venturing
Given that Laura photographed a ship run aground, I knew I wanted to create a scene with a lighthouse. Of course, that idea quickly morphed into a lighthouse on a stormy night. So I searched the internet for a lighthouse scene and brought both images into photoshop.
In PS, I selected the boat, copied and pasted it onto the lighthouse image, and used the move tool to change its size. From there, through trial and error, I added rain, using a noise filter and motion blur and I truly can’t remember what else. I had a hard time getting the colors the way I thought they should be, playing around a bit more with levels and saturation (and, yes, masks – yay for me!), and then bringing it back into LR and playing a bit more. In the end, I finally had to stop and walk away from it for a few days. Upon revisit, I ended up making the entire image much darker and bluer to better reflect a stormy night, added “fog” by using a number of radial filters in tandem with the dehaze slider, and then went back and forth with adjustments to the white/highlight level so the image wouldn’t be too muddy. Lots of trial and error on this image, and I’m still not sure I’m entirely happy with the result.
Laura’s image has, by far, been the biggest challenge for me. But, like Julie’s flower last month, working on it has added to my Photoshop knowledge, which definitely is a good thing. Thanks, Laura, for contributing to my post-processing education AND for submitting a wonderful image for the 1PF anniversary!
Submitted by Raewyn — decocraftsdigicrafts
Raewyn says: There are just so many edits in this that I won’t bore you. Photoshop, Nik Collection and Lightroom. Hope you like it.
Submitted by Ritva Sillanmäki — Ritva’s Art Photography
Submitted by Sherry Felix – Port4u
Sherry says: Laura Macky’s photo is lovely as is. For this challenge I wanted to enhance the mood created by the old boat and bring that into the background. Here’s Photoshop recipe:
- Original image with some slight adjustment in Lightroom
- Curve adjustment layer: negative RGB, opacity 30%
- Grunge layer applied in on1 to a copy of original, blend mode: difference
- My cloud image. Blende mode: Hard Light, opacity 70%
- B&W adjustment layer default, opacity 70%
- Copy of original layer masked to show the boat, opacity 80%
- Smoke brushed, blend mode: Soft Light, opacity 89%
My version has an old postcard look and is also somewhat ominous.
Submitted by Ted Griffith — Ted Griffith’s Photo Art Studio
Submitted by Reinhold Staden — Reinhold Staden Photography
Submitted by Amy — The World Is a Book
Submitted by Yan Balczewski — From Hiding to Blogging
Submitted by Chris — sv-takeiteasy
Chris says: Nautical theme, a wreck, a sandbank, this is right up my alley!
Submitted by Luis O. Gutierrez — luisogutierrez.com
Luis says: My process is very simple. I downloaded the image on my iPhone. I processed the file using snapped (basic editing, cropping and converting it to black and white). I then moved the image to photoshop touch where I adjusted the curves and resized the image.
Submitted by Katie Prior — Drawing with Light
Submitted by Robin Kent — PhotographybyKent
Robin says: Many thanks to Laura Mackey for her evocative image of the abandoned boat. It offers many possibilities, and I will be eager to see what others have done. Because I currently am working on a presentation about night photography, I was inspired to attempt a transformation of this daytime image into a night shot. I don’t know that I fully succeeded, I’ll be curious to see the comments from the readers. The technique was fairly simple. I created an Exposure Adjustment layer and reduced the exposure of Laura’s image to make it appear more like a night image. I created a third layer using my own image from a starlight workshop with Michael Frye. Finally, I created a layer mask on my image and masked out the portions of the stars everywhere except in the sky of Laura’s image.
Submitted by Nancy Merrill – nancy merrill photography
Submitted by Stacey/Lensaddiction — Learning to See Light
Stacey says: I decided to embrace the monochrome love for this image to work on the great textures on the peeling paint and grass.
Submitted by Emilio Pasquale — Photos by Emilio
Emilio says: There wasn’t much to do with Laura’s great shot – so I didn’t do very much. In fact, I don’t remember much of what I did…
Submitted by George McCane — Photoman401
Submitted by Nancy / dogear6— Living the Seasons
Nancy says: What a great way to start the New Year with this lovely photo by Laura Macky. After some minor adjustments in Lightroom to slightly straighten the horizon and enhance the colors, I started my experimentations. As you can see, I did a hard crop to make this into a panoramic to bring focus to the bow of the boat. I tried a square as well, but didn’t like very much. Most of my experiments used the rich colors in this image, which I loved. I was surprised when I tried the Milk Memories preset in Topaz Black and White, that the desaturated colors was my favorite. It might not be your favorite though! My blog has the other attempts and as always, feel free to let me know which one you liked the best. You can find it at http://wp.me/pow9k-2uK.
Submitted by Robin Estargo — Injeenyuhs
Robin says: Inspired by Mad Max: Fury Road’s visual color, only a little bit darker and intense.
Submitted by Michelle Lunato — Michelle Lunato Photography
Submitted by Marie — The Syllabub Sea
Submitted by Julie Powell — Julie Powell Photography
Submitted by Cee Neuner — Cee’s Photography
Cee says: This photo I had absolutely no idea on how to improve upon Laura’s work. So I did some cropping and color tweaking.
Submitted by Bryan — theonlyD800inthehameau
Submitted by Yvette — In the Zone
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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