Portrait

Who do you see when you look at this photograph?

ISO 400 4.3mm f/2.7 1/200

ISO 400 4.3mm f/2.7 1/200

I see a portrait of my youngest child.  I see that child has come back from a walk. Bringing evidence of the outdoors, flowers in this case.  The last few weeks it has been likely to be blackberries or an unripe apple fallen from the tree brought back to the house for further “research”.

I had been doing some research on photo editing at the time these flowers arrived and had just finished reading this short article on split toning.  I took some macro shots of the flowers so I could experiment a bit using the information I had just read.  I shot images with both my DSLR and my point and shoot, but ended up liking the point and shoot versions where I had used the macro setting better.  Here is the shot I decided I liked best:

ISO 400 4.3mm f/2.7 1/200

ISO 400 4.3mm f/2.7 1/200

I thought this version was a good candidate for my split toning experiment.  I did all the editing for the photo in Lightroom. The article I had read had suggested that when using split toning, you should pick the highlights or the shadows and just edit one of the two. That seemed like a logical starting point, but after making the highlights more yellow, I decided to go ahead and make the shadows more brown.  It transformed the photo from very cool to very warm.  I then boosted the color saturation of the purples a bit so they would stand out a bit more.  I added a bit of sharpening and then cropped the image.

How do you like the final version? I think I added in the warmth of color to reflect the warmth of the moment that I felt in receiving these flowers.  When I look at the original I think it would be possible to edit a colder tone version that would be very different but perhaps beautiful in its own way.  I tend to gravitate to warmer images, how about you?  Feel free to leave a comment below.

Cheers!

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27 thoughts on “Portrait

  1. I love your comment about what you see when you look at the flower. Maybe because of that I prefer the original on this one, but love that you’re experimenting w new techniques!

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  2. Hi Amy, the first thing I thought of when I answered the question (what I thought of with that opening photo) I thought of being welcomed – the openness of the bloom was like am open hand.

    and quite a beautiful connection you shared – awe – so awesome.
    anyhow the second photo actually felt a little colder to me – but I did like it a lot – I think the yellow dandelion flower to the left came out more and all – but in the first image – the color in the blinds (like a caramel) was warmer to me…
    oh and I have never heard of the toning and will come back later when i click the link to learn more – and then I will also look at the pics again – how fun to look forward to do9ing this – have a nice day!

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