11-22mm Lens, Canon 50D, Lens Artists Photo Challenge, Luminar, Nature, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography

Less is More

I love taking a walk. I love the simplicity of views like this one near the Derwent Dam in the Peak District:

ISO 800 16mm f/20 1/500sec

When I go to edit a scene like this one, I’m often not interested in making dramatic edits. I’d like to show the scene as it lives in my mind:

ISO 800 16mm f/20 1/500sec

I’ve stuck with the basics here. For starters, a crop that included straightening the horizon line a bit. From there, I’ve boosted the colors using the blacks/whites slider. I’ve also used the sky enhancer slider and a foliage enhancer. Lastly, I used the Orton filter, this sharpens the image a bit while at the same time giving the photo a bit of a dreamy feel.

This was approximately a ten-minute edit for me. I looked at the original file, thought about what I wanted my final file to look like, pulled out the appropriate filters, and then applied them without over thinking it too much. What do you think? do you like the final version? Feel free to leave a comment below.

Cheers!

Inspired by and written for the Len-Artists Photo Challenge, Less is More.

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31 thoughts on “Less is More

  1. I like the edit and the pop of blue in it. When you try to make the scene like how you saw it in real life, I think that’s also how you translate emotion into it. This really speaks a peaceful scene πŸ™‚

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    • I don’t feel like noise is a problem until you hit a much higher ISO with most cameras these days. And I’ll go ahead and be completely honest that noise has to be really prominent in someone’s photo before it bothers me, that’s just my own personal taste, and I think sensitivity to that varies a lot between people.

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