I have just got to get to Scotland! This week's photo comes again from Scotland, courtesy of Rosie at Leavesnbloom Photography. You should pop across the pond and see her at her blog. Her title for this photo: "scottish castle on a frosty morning at sunrise with the sheep huddled up around the old stone walls". I love it! She has a love for capturing God's creation and has great goals for her photography.
"...using light as a paintbrush to remind us of what we forget"
A few years back my family was considering a trip to the UK to tour and stay in castles (my vote!). Instead, a ski trip in Colorado was decided upon which also was great fun, but one of these days I'm going!
Here's my edit:
I corrected frequently as I edited, so I don't have a concise blueprint; however, here are the basic steps I worked on:
- Initial sharpening, levels adjustment, curves adjustment, contrast adjustment, brightness.
- Stamped those layers, copied the layer blending with overlay.
- Decided to crop slightly; I love the context of the foliage and a tuft of grass in the foreground.
- Worked on bringing out the flag and pole a bit by brushing color on them.
- Saturated color in the windows; dodge tool on parts of the brick - especially the left side of the castle to bring out detail.
- Desaturated around sheep, then went back and added saturation just on sheep to pop them out.
- Brushed on vibrance all over the castle brick.
- Brushed in and blurred some sky detail.
- Created more canvas to frame
- Used Burnt Edge, and Web Resize and Sharpening from mcp actions
Calling the airlines now....