October One Photo Focus

Highlighting the creative magic behind post-processed photos

Welcome to ABFriday’s monthly One Photo Focus! This month, 18 photographers are sharing their post-processing interpretations of one “before” image taken with a cell phone by Y Prior of Priorhouse.

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


October 2016 One Photo Focus

Submitted by Y. Prior — Priorhouse

Y. Prior, Priorhouse

Y says: I was so excited when Stacy chose this photo for the October OPF. This photo was taken at The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond last March – late at night, which is why there are no folks. Thanks again to Stacy. 

For my edit, I cropped, straightened, and then lightened a few sections (back door) and removed the exit sign. I added some bricks to the floor – and then a few photos with past OPF – and some coffee.  I guess I was turning this into my living room- laptop open – ready to check the ABF post. 

Submitted by Stacy Fischer — Visual Venturing

Stacy P. Fischer, Visual Venturing

I have to admit, Y’s image had me perplexed for the first few days. I did know I wanted to try to edit it entirely on my iPad, and perhaps that was the immediate stumbling block, as I had never done that before in any meaningful way. Without real knowledge of the programs available, and thus without any workflow, I had quite a few false starts. And in fact, I finally enlisted my daughter’s aid and asked her to have a “go” at it. And she did. It is from the base she established for me that I moved ahead, removing the railing, and using Pixlr to finally find my way to an image that I liked. I wish I could tell you what effects and textures I used, but once I got started, I just kept moving through until I was finished. The light rays were the final touch on my iPad that sealed the photo for me. (I have to confess that I did then take the photo into Photoshop to better clean-up the navy blue border of the rug in the front left corner, which was left a big ragged after removing the railing and something that I couldn’t quite get right in Pixlr.)

So many thanks to my daughter, Cate, for her input and to Y for presenting us with a fun challenge!

Submitted by Joanne Ritchie — Coffee Fuels My Photography!

Joanne Ritchie, Coffee Fuels My Photography!

Joanne says: When looking at this photo for me it felt very surreal. The building was so grand, dwarfing the furniture within. It made me feel as if I was looking into an antique doll’s house. Hence I decided to create a miniature effect to match this emotion.

Submitted by Chris — sv-takeiteasy

Chris, sv-takeiteasy

Submitted by Laura Macky — Laura Macky Photography

Laura Macky, Laura Macky Photography

Laura says: A great twist on this challenge!  I chose to edit the image on my iPhone in a few apps.  Check out my post to see how I did it!

Submitted by Julie Powell — Julie Powell Photography

Julie Powell, Julie Powell Photography

 Submitted by Khürt Williams — Island in the Net

Khürt Williams, Island in the Net

Original photograph by Y. Prior; Edited by Khürt Williams

Submitted by Bud — A Young Retirement

Bud Young, A Young Retirement

Submitted by Rajiv Chopra — rajivchopra

Rajiv Chopra, rajivchopra

Submitted by George McCane — Photoman401

George McCane, Photoman401

Submitted by Sherry Felix – Port4u

Sherry Felix, Port4u

Lobby by Y. Pior edited by Sherry Felix

Submitted by Cee Neuner — Cee’s Photography

Cee Neuner, Cee's Photography

Submitted by Leara Morris-Clark – LearaWrites

Leara Morris-Clark, LearaWrites

Submitted by Luis O. Gutierrez — luisogutierrez.com

Luis O. Gutierrez, luisogutierrez.com

Luis says: 

How I did it:
1. Downloaded the file into my IPad Pro
2. Opened up Snapseed and did all adjustments there. I added the tilt shift plus added contrast. 
3. Opened Photoshop Touch to resize
I wanted to make it look like a play house. Everything was completed in about 5 minutes.

Submitted by Linda James — Rainy Day Reflections

Linda James, Rainy Day Reflections

Linda says: I loved this month’s challenge.  I decided to try for a haunted house vibe since it’s October.  

Submitted by Amy — The World Is a Book

Amy, The World Is a Book

Submitted by Robin Kent — PhotographybyKent

Robin Kent, PhotographybyKent

Robin says: I really liked the image from Y. Prior this month and the fact that it came from a cell phone was impressive.  I thought it would be interesting to run it through a gauntlet of  Photoshop tools and see what emerged.  My first step was to do a little straightening and then remove the chair in the foreground.  Then I converted it to TIFF file, opened it in RAW, then created 5 copies exposed in increments of one f/stop (minus 2 to plus 2).  Next, I used the HDR merge tool to create a single HDR image.  It was then converted to a Smart Object and Photoshop’s “Glowing Edge filter” was applied.  It looked pretty surreal by this point but needed something extra.  So I “borrowed” a photographer from the Internet, scaled her down and placed her in the foreground.  Voila!   Took about 30 minutes.

Submitted by Michelle Lunato — Michelle Lunato Photography

Michelle Lunato, Michelle Lunato Photography

Michelle says: I was trying to be creative, but nothing amazing was coming. So, I did this edit and then I did another one on a phone photo app. That extra edit will be on my blog. I guess I was trying to get creative points by doing two versions, lol.

 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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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!

36 thoughts on “October One Photo Focus

  1. Wow great edits… my apologies for not entering this month… I did do part of the edit and then got completely distracted. Such wonderful work and so much talent 💖


  2. Those streaks of light make it for me too! Obviously, I chickened out this month. As soon as I received the image I started playing with it but didn’t like anything I came up with- I didn’t have a Cate to help me ! 😉 It looks like not everyone was stymied as you got some really great edits in this group.And now I’ve got to go make some comments!


  3. Isn’t that so funny how we move through those iPhone apps editing our image and then can’t remember what we did? As often as I do this you’d think I’d remember every step! Cool result. Like that Pixlr app. I forgot about it and will have to check it out again.


  4. Stacy – on your edit – my fav part is that it feels like light is emitting down and out to the left and to the right. It has this illuminating quality – and for some reason, leaving the ceiling in the shot – anchored it for me – well it seems in balance with the rug beneath. and having the daughter establish the base – sounds pretty win-win 🙂 ❤

    thanks again for selecting my photo for this month.


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