The photo this week is from Alicia at Project Alicia.
She has some magnificent blossom photos you need to see...
perfectly aglow in the "golden hour".
She's posting tips on how to capture that moment,
so go see her blog!
This is her SOOC photo for us to edit. Love the starkness, the sky, and definitely the curve.
Here's my edit...
What I like:
- The vibrant, sherbet-like colors of the "sunset"
- The wispy "movement" in the photo with that gorgeous curve and the flight of the added kite.
- The stark graphic nature of the tree
- The added tree's shadow
How I did it, working in Photoshop CS4
- As usual, I always start with a simple sharpening - slight quality loss is always there from importing.
- Curves, working on dramatic sky, masking where needed
- Lowered the brightness
- Levels adjustment, masking where needed
- Vibrance adjustment
- Hue/Saturation adjustment. At this point, it is very dark, and the colors aren't yet correct
- Put in a lighting effect in sky, to simulate the sun; shines through clouds, around tree, onto beach
- Made tree shadow. Selected the tree, copied, rotated, then stretched it a bit by pulling handles, then reduced opacity
- Put some brightness back in the sky to illuminate clouds
- Dodged highlights, and burned the tree and shadow to increase contrast.
- Blurred the background, to blend the colors
- Another brightness/contrast adjustment
- Used the channel mixer to change into the "sunset" colors
- More dodge and burning
- Added a kite... from a sunset photo I took on vacation, which worked so well with the naturally backlit kite tails. They already glowed!
- Small crop
- Add a slight vignette, and resized and sharpened for web using free mcp actions
Thanks, Alicia, for providing a fun edit!
See the other creative entries at the Edit Me Challenge