Who do you see when you look at this photograph?
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:
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.