November One Photo Focus

Highlighting the creative magic behind post-processed photos

Welcome to ABFriday’s monthly One Photo Focus! This month, 19  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 December’s One Photo Focus, you’ll find all the details on the After-Before Friday Forum page.


One Photo Focus November 2016 photo

Submitted by Julie Powell — Julie Powell Photography

Julie Powell, Julie Powell Photography

Submitted by Stacy Fischer — Visual Venturing

Stacy Fischer, Visual Venturing

I loved Julie’s still life. I began in Lightroom by changing the camera calibration profile to “Camera Portrait” and the crop angle to make the vase vertical. I then applied a  “watercolor” preset, and then imported the image into Photoshop, where I removed the graphics from the lower right corner and filled the lower left corner and upper left corner with the cloth backdrop. From there, I exported the image into ColorEfex Pro, where I applied a contrast filter, a small vignette on the rose, and a vignette on the full image. I was tempted to play more, perhaps taking it into Topaz Impressions, but I decided to restrain myself. Perhaps I’ll leave that for a rainy day!

Thanks, Julie, for sharing your photo with us!

Submitted by Khürt Williams — Island in the Net

Khürt Williams, Island in the Net

Original image © Julie Powell, edited by Khürt Williams

Submitted by Leara Morris-Clark – LearaWrites

Leara Morris-Clark, LearaWrites

Submitted by Bren Ryan — RyanPhotography

Bren Ryan, RyanPhotography

Submitted by Chris — sv-takeiteasy

Chris, sv-takeiteasy

Chris says: After some debating on what to do, a bit of cropping, masking and playing with textures produced this arty-farty interpretation. For details of my editing process go to

Submitted by Sherry Felix – Port4u

Sherry Felix, Port4u

Rose Stil Life. Original by Julie Powell edited by Sherry Felix

Sherry says: My interpretation of the rose still life by Julie Powell was created using Photoshop and onOne. I eliminated the dark triangle in the upper left and cloned out the canvas. I added a bit more cloth using cloning on a new layer and masks. Then I used a photo of mine of roses as an overlay on the cloth. Finally a bit of web.

Submitted by Laura Macky — Laura Macky Photography

Laura Macky, Laura Macky Photography

Submitted by Rajiv Chopra — rajivchopra

Rajiv Chopra, rajivchopra

Rajiv Chopra, rajivchopra

Submitted by Y. Prior — Priorhouse

Y. Prior, priorhouse

Y. says: For November’s OPF I went with a simple processing.  I straightened it a tiny bit, cropped, and applied the charcoal filter. I then adjusted the light and added a rounded border.  Maybe this is what it would look like if someone sat and sketched this single rose still life.

Submitted by George McCane — The Contemplative Photograph

Note from Stacy: George has finally started a blog! Please make sure to visit 🙂

George McCane, The Contemplative Photograph

Submitted by Victoria Brayer — Little Pictures Big Thoughts

Victoria Brayer, Little Pictures Big Thoughts

Submitted by Bud — A Young Retirement

Bud, A Young Retirement

Submitted by Cee Neuner — Cee’s Photography

Cee Neuner, Cee's Photography

 Submitted by Robin Kent — PhotographybyKent

Robin Kent, PhotographybyKent

Robin says: Thanks to Julie Powell for providing us with a challenging image to work with this month and thanks also to Stacy for keeping this fun challenge going.  I took a different tack this time and left the original pretty much as it was (except for the addition of some cloth backdrop in the upper left).  Instead, I decided to populate the scene with a menagerie of creatures, and purposely sizing them completely out of relative scale to add a surreal touch.  I leave it to others to find the hidden meanings of the scene.

Submitted by Max 510 — Max510’s Blog

Max 510, Max510's Blog

Submitted by Joanne Ritchie — Coffee Fuels My Photography!

Joanne Ritchie, Coffee Fuels My Photography!

Joanne says: This photo of Julie’s was like taking a step back in time. I can’t tell you why, but it so VERY much reminded me of visiting my grandfather’s old cottage. That distinct odour from years of burning wood in the kitchen stove was immediately at the back of my nose. With that almost tangible inspiration editing was very quick this month, lol!

Submitted by Linda James — Rainy Day Reflections

Linda James, Rainy Day Reflections

Submitted by Raewyn — decocraftsdigicrafts

Raewyn, decocraftsdigicrafts

Raewyn says: I cropped it and then edited in Nik Color Efex Pro 4, and then added the peeling paint filter in Topaz Texture Effects. It was crying out for a vintage feel.

 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!

11 thoughts on “November One Photo Focus

  1. Well now, those were fun to look at! I love the contrast you got with yours Stacy. It really makes the image pop! I’m off to comment on the submissions. Hope you have a fabulous day and thanks once again for the challenge!

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