Added to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, Orange and Pink.
and Cee’s Flower of the Day.
When I sit down to edit an image it’s true to say that I’m not always sure what I will do with my final version. Here is the original file of such an image:
Editing this image started with a crop. Since it was the little red ribbons that caught my attention on site, my next edit was to give them a saturation boost. I’ve desaturated some of the colors in this image. I then put a radial filter around the angel and sheep and made the rest of the image softer by moving the dehaze slider into negative numbers in the area outside of the filter. Here is the final image:
Like several images from my time in Prague, I don’t have a real use for it so to speak. However, I really like many of my images. They are a reminder of how much I enjoyed looking around the city. Prague is beautiful in my opinion. I will keep this image, as I have kept others, just because they make me happy. Sometimes, it’s the little things, like little red ribbons, that catch my eye. It appeared that someone had taken the time to hand tie them in, and that lovely small detail really what made this display beautiful. Do you often keep images for no other reason than they make you happy? Do you like the edits I have done here? Feel free to leave a comment below.
This could have been taken in a lot of gardens since I often see roses trained to grow up or through artificial objects, but this was taken at Giverny in Claude Monet’s gardens. I couldn’t help but think while I was visiting that there were a lot of plants you could see anywhere in this garden, yet the way they are assembled makes them unique to this particular garden. Here are some roses growing on a fence:
It’s a nice image as shot, but I wanted to edit it in a few small ways. First was the crop. This eliminated two things. First is the petals that are partially in the top center of the photo and the leaves in the middle right-hand side. It also makes the branch less prominent. In addition to the crops, a few adjustments to the tone curve makes the grid of the fence more obvious as compared to this original shot:
This slight accent on the geometry of man and nature seemingly in harmony and the slightly cooler tones of the image, do a lot to settle this photo. To me it is calmer, but what do you think? Feel free to leave a comment below.
Added to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, Geometry.
This is the Fontana dell’Acqua Paola:
Like many things in Rome, it is both beautiful and imposing. It was evening time when we were walking past it, so the light was lovely. Here is the original photo:
Nice, but it needed a bit of a punch. But first things first, this isn’t the only shot I took of the fountain. In fact, when I was shooting I managed to get a few shots that didn’t have any people in them. I thought that one of those images would be the one I like the best. Nope, as I looked through my photos this one became my favorite, in part because there were people in it. They give a good sense of the scale of this fountain. So in my edit, I made sure that the man’s white shirt had a bit of pop.
I used my wide angle lens to get this shot, and in Lightroom, I used the Lens Correction feature to take care of some of the distortion. I also cropped the image a bit using the straighten tool within the crop tool.
I like the tones and light in the original photo, but I did want to boost and clarify them, it was my thought that this should be a bit of an aggressive color image, and it was a bit tame as shot. I put a neutral density filter on the image and then boosted the luminance of the various blue tones to get what I was after. I then sharpened the image a bit, but honestly, the other edits had already made the image appear sharper, so I didn’t go nuts with that.
So do you like the edits? Did this image pop out to you and was that a good thing? Feel free to leave a comment below.