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Weekly Photo Challenge: Careful

When it comes to photo editing, sometimes you have to be careful. While I do mean that you have to take care with your work, I also am talking about your time. Once you have started working on an image, when is it finished?  That is something that I find myself thinking about a lot.  I spent sometime outside this week taking advantage of the beautiful weather, and looking for nice outdoor images.  When I came across this scene I thought it would look nice with some editing:

ISO 800 70mm 0ev f/5.6 1/1000

ISO 800 70mm 0ev f/5.6 1/1000

When I got to the editing process even though the first thing that struck me was that the image would need straightened, that was actually close to my last step.

I had bracketed this image because of the shadows, with the thought that I would make an HDR version in Photomatix.  In this case I made a color and black and white image.  Then in Photoshop I combined the two images using the the color version as the base layer and masking in the black and white where I wanted it. Then I cropped the image and sharpened it:

ISO 800 70mm 0ev f/5.6 1/1000

ISO 800 70mm 0ev f/5.6 1/1000

Combining color and black and white is not something I do a whole lot of but I have fun with occasionally.  A few days later, I was doing some research on a graphic design project and I came across this article on using the apply image function in Photoshop.  While it didn’t help what I was working on at that moment, it did make me think again about trying that as a basis for editing the scene I had been working on earlier in the week.  So I gave it a try:

ISO 800 70mm 0ev f/5.6 1/1000

ISO 800 70mm 0ev f/5.6 1/1000

As the tutorial I linked to suggests, the apply image feature actually has a lot to offer once you start exploring the dialogue box that opens up.  This version above ended up being the my favorite of the edited versions, so far that is…

What do you think, is there a version that you prefer? Do you find yourself getting lost in the process of photo editing? It can be both fabulous and maddening, don’t you think?  Feel free to leave a comment below.



30 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Careful

  1. When is it finished? Glad to hear you ask that question. I have often ‘finished ‘ editing only to noticed something that, I am certain, a casual viewer would not notice. I love you process and will try them soon.


    • I agree with you, I often am still “working” on things that others would just look at and be like “why? it’s fine” I found the apply image function to be quite powerful once I started thinking about all the various possibilities, so have fun!


  2. marlene frankel says:

    I like the second photo best. But to each his own. Thanks for letting me know that I am not to only one that finds this satisfying and maddening.


  3. My favorite is the second photo. It’s a comforting, colorful photo and I’d love to be relaxing on that porch. 😉 Where I find that I’m spending too much time editing is with my writing. But I’m usually happier after I’ve fine-tuned my work. I’m sure you feel your time also is well spent after you’ve seen the final product.


  4. I thought all of them were great shots. I like the second one best – sort of a fairytale feel about it that I like 🙂 There are so many ways we can edit a photo, and that’s what makes post-processing fun. Sometimes when I’m editing photos for my blog, in my mind I see how I want the photos to look like and the vibe I want to achieve. But it can be so hard getting there 😀


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