One of the things I like to do on this blog is show two versions of an image, one the original as shot file and the other once I have finished editing. Here is an unedited file from Monet’s Giverny gardens:
When I am working in Lightroom I use virtual copies. It’s a nice feature that allows me that have more than one version without taking up a lot of space. Virtual copies are not yet a thing in Luminar 3. So once I had this edit done:
I wanted a copy also of the original. A search into how to get back to the original without losing my edits revealed nothing. So I signed into a community page for Luminar and asked my question there. I got a workable answer pretty quickly. Basically, it is possible to go to the history panel, click back to the original, export the file, then reapply the edits. That’s what I’ll be using, at least until virtual copies become available on Luminar.
The edits I have applied include the sky filter, which I am thinking I may have applied a bit too strong, but what do you think? I’ve also used the crop, vignette, and eraser tools. Feel free to leave a comment below.
Added to January Colors and Letters, With the letter G.
Link to the software I am using, Luminar 3.
I hadn’t been in awhile, so last week I stopped by the butterfly exhibit they have at the St. Louis Zoo. As butterfly houses go, this is a small one and it is often crowded. It was when I was there, but I still managed to set up and use my tripod. But if you are in the area I would encourage you to stop by. It is a beautiful spot. Despite the crowd, people seemed to be relaxed, perhaps a result of being around natural beauty. I got this photo:
You will see that the lighting on the butterfly is a bit uneven because he was in a sheltered spot. Because I knew that I would have difficulty getting all the detail I wanted in one shot, I set my camera to get a bracketed exposure. So, the final photo you are looking at is an HDR image I created using Photomatix.
In order to get as much detail I also used a low ISO, and therefore needed a slow shutter speed and a tripod for this shot. Once I had created my image in Photomatix I then opened it in Photoshop. I cropped the image, sharpened it and then applied a blur to the edges and background. Here is one of the original images, to give you an idea of what I started with:
Pretty big difference I think, but before I started editing, I thought the final image was in there, just waiting to be revealed. What do you think?
I didn’t know it when I took this photo but just a few days later, gardens would be the announced travel theme at Where’s My Backpack?, so this image is my submission for this week.