July One Photo Focus

Highlighting the creative magic behind post-processed photos

Welcome to ABFriday’s monthly One Photo Focus where, this month, 16 photographers are sharing their post-processing interpretations of one “before” image submitted by Bren Ryan of RyanPhotography.

We begin with Bren’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 August’s One Photo Focus, you’ll find all the details on the After-Before Friday Forum page.


July 2016 One Photo Focus Image

Submitted by Bren Ryan — RyanPhotography

Bren, RyanPhotography

Submitted by Stacy Fischer — Visual Venturing

Stacy Fischer, Visual Venturing

I absolutely loved Bren’s image, drawn not only to the textures and colors but to the reflection as well. I had recently read a tutorial by Leanne Cole on Digital Photography School about adding reflections using Photoshop and thought I’d try my hand at it. I first made some basic adjustments to the image in Lightroom and then brought it into PS, where I pretty much followed Leanne’s blueprint. It took some trial and error, as I’m far from adept at using the program, but I was pretty happy with how the reflection turned out. I followed up in ColorEfex Pro, where I selected a pro-contrast filter and added a vignette using the darken/lighten center filter. All in all, a fun experiment for me. Thanks, Bren (and Leanne), for providing the inspiration!

Submitted by Brenda — A Meditative Journey with Saldage

Brenda, A Meditative Journey with Saldage

Brenda says: I began adjusting the exposure and white balance in Bren’s raw image  before going into Nix’s Viveca 2…wanted to explore what, if any thing, was hidden in this image’s shadows. I then played around in ON 1 Photo Effects before going to Nix’s Analog Efex 2…I have become enchanted by Nix’s wet plate and broken choices. 

Enchanted is a good word as this image speaks of an enchantment…of a travel back in time…to a childhood storybook narrative.

Submitted by Chris — sv-takeiteasy

Chris, sv-takeiteasy

Submitted by Laura Macky — Laura Macky Photography

Laura Macky Photography

Laura says: I’m back to my painterly ways for this one.  🙂   The result consists of three parts:  Castle, Wisteria and Sky.  Since Bren lives in England I tried to go with the image by putting some english flowers in the foreground to create some depth.  You’ll laugh but I googled “english flowers” because I wasn’t sure what to put there.  I found an archway of wisteria in a free image so I went with that; and I have no idea if that’s a typical English flower but let’s pretend it is lol.

Submitted by Julie Powell — Julie Powell Photography

Julie Powell, Julie Powell Photography

Submitted by Ted Griffith — Ted Griffith’s Photo Art Studio

Ted Griffith, Ted Griffith's Photo Art Studio

Submitted by Joanne Ritchie — Coffee Fuels My Photography!

Joanne Ritchie, Coffee Fuels My Photography!

Submitted by George McCane — Photoman401

George McCane, Photoman401

Submitted by Marie — The Syllabub Sea

Marie, The Syllabub Sea

Submitted by Raewyn — decocraftsdigicrafts

Raewyn, decocraftsdigicrafts
Raewyn says: Obviously I wanted a vintage look.  So I did my usual edits with Nik Collection HDR and then with Nik Analog and Topaz filters.

Submitted by Amy — The World Is a Book

Amy, The World Is a Book

Submitted by Cee Neuner — Cee’s Photography

Cee Neuner, Cee's Photography

Submitted by Katie Prior — Drawing with Light

Katie Prior, Drawing with Light

Submitted by Michelle Lunato — Michelle Lunato Photography

Michelle Lunato, Michelle Lunato Photography

Submitted by Y. Prior — In the Zone 2001

Yvette, In The Zone
Yvette says: My post processed version of Ryan’s photo was inspired by my mother-n-law’s recent wedding in Kansas City, Kansas.  I decorated the front yard with items from their gardens (large hydrangea shrub, window box, and some trinkets from their house including a gnome with two cans of “billy Beer”).  I added in Cody’s moon again this month, but instead of a pink moon, I went with a cool blue moon to welcome in relaxing July. 

Submitted by Sherry Felix – Port4u

Sherry Felix, Port4U

Sherry says: The original “castle” by Bren Ryan of RyanPhotography was dark (on purpose I’m sure) so first I opened up the shadows in Lightroom. I felt that the castle needed some breathing space and some interest in the sky. To do that I masked castle in Photoshop and imported a suitable background of my own, taken in Panama 5/21/2014, to place behind it. I selected the water and duplicated it as a layer and stretched it to fill the bottom and stretched part of it to fill the area on the bottom left. I blended it in by cloning and masking then merged those layers. Lastly, I brought it into onOne for a few more adjustments.

 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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25 thoughts on “July One Photo Focus

  1. Ohh, wow. I did it just now, for practice, before having a look what others have done. I like some as works of art, but it’s something completely different than what I do with photography. I like my edit a lot and maybe I could still post it together with the original on my blog and link here? Or better not?


  2. Thank you Stacy for hosting these monthly challenges. .. there is so much talent here… and seeing other people’s edits really gives you inspiration xx


  3. Well, the talent around here is amazing, especially yours. I love what you did with the reflection and each month your challenge comes around I swear I will start studying Photoshop and then I never do. When I first saw Bren’s image, I wanted to add space all around but just don’t have the knowhow. You, lady, have got it! And you know how to use it! Superb! 🙂


  4. Hi Stacy -‘I always love coming to see what people did with the image – and your “long” reflection and lightening is beautiful !
    I always love the diversity in the entries and it goes from what feels like Monet or a smooth KP Sky – to what feels like an original black and white print- and then each blogger gives a hint of their essence – like the SS has the fairy and the more formal photographer shows us stately views – and then the one with the bench zoomed in! Oh the diversity – and I know my super loud blue moon is intense – but it was a mood I was going for with the hydrangea – and thanks for choosing Bren’s cool image – it was original and interesting –
    I thought more folks would have converted the modern Windows or trimmed the jagged edge on the right (even Cee left it uncropped) but it is always nice to see edits after having worked with the image – 😉


  5. WOW really love the edits everyone did xx so much talent and inspiration xx Good luck with the move xx and thanks for hosting these monthly challenges xx


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