52 Week Smartphone Challenge, iPhone, Luminar, Photo Challenges, Photography

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: Week 13

The theme listed for this week’s challenge is New Beginnings. Well, it was a bit of a new start here with further restrictions on our day to day life. I’m grateful to be able to leave the house once a day to go for a walk. Despite all the obvious signs of new beginnings with the flowers all starting to bloom here, I went with this actual sign:

ISO 25 f/2.2 1/4808 sec 4.2mm

I did all my basic edits to this photo and then went to add a Luminar Look to this photo. There are all a whole series of looks grouped as “Stunning Portraits”. Well now, the idea of this being a portrait struck me as too funny of an idea to let pass so I have selected the look “Fashion Punch Faded” and applied it at 49%.

Your thoughts are welcome below!

Cheers!

 

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Canon Powershot ELPH 320 HS, Childhood, Flowers, Nature, Parenting, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography

Portrait

Who do you see when you look at this photograph?

ISO 400 4.3mm f/2.7 1/200

ISO 400 4.3mm f/2.7 1/200

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:

ISO 400 4.3mm f/2.7 1/200

ISO 400 4.3mm f/2.7 1/200

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.

Cheers!

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50mm Lens, Animals, Birds, Canon 50D, Nature, Photography

This parrot will now demonstrate

Why a 50mm lens makes a good portrait lens.

ISO 250 50mm f/1.8 1/500

The detail on the bird is pretty good.  I have a RAW file too, so some of the black in the beak that looks missing in the jpeg, does actually exist in another file.

The parrot, in addition to modeling for photographs, can also say “hi” and “kiss”

Cheers!

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