Weekly Photo Challenge: Shine

After a downpour it’s hard to miss the shine of the sun. I got this photo after a fairly heavy rain.  The few raindrops left on the petals stand in contrast to the bright sun:

ISO 800 4.3mm f/8.0 1/1250
ISO 800 4.3mm f/8.0 1/1250

I left the editing of this photo to a minimum.  Here is the original:

ISO 800 4.3mm f/8.0 1/1250
ISO 800 4.3mm f/8.0 1/1250

The change here was done using split toning in Lightroom.  Split toning allowed me to give the autumn colors a bit of a warm glow by using the highlights to bring out a bit of an orange tone.  I added a bit of the deeper blue in the sky by darkening the blues in the shadows.  Split toning also has a balance slider that allows you to change the balance of the edit you are applying making it either more in the highlights or more in the shadows.  In this case it is adding more to the highlights.  I got the idea to give the balance slider a try after watching this short tutorial.

How do you like the edit?  I like the original, but I really like the orange tones in the edit.  I think they appeal to me right now because it is fall here and orange is a color that I have always associated with fall.  Feel free to leave a comment below.



15 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Shine

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  1. I like the edit, in particular how the yellow “pops” in the final image. The flower really does stand out more and is certainly claiming itself as the centre of attention. Lovely spotting of the rain drops – they give a soft and delicate feel to the whole image. The orangey green trees in the background do remind me of autumn, giving that fall feel that you feel 🙂


  2. It’s a hard fight between the two ….
    Usually when it’s this close, I typically will pick the one that “feels” right for there here & now. Not very scientific, I know, but I guess that’s the art part of the process.


      1. I think it is wonderful what you do – I’m not much of a photographer … I snap with my phone camera and hope that it is in focus!

        I am in awe of people like you who can control their art and really speak through it!


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