When I saw this statue last week, I was amused by the pumpkin decoration for Halloween, but what I was really interested in capturing was the water:
I had used an f-stop of 13 to capture as much detail in the scene as possible. That ended up being a mistake because in the original, which I will put at the bottom of this post, there is too much detail in the grasses behind the elephant. I chose a shutter speed of 80 because I wanted some of the water to be frozen and some of it to still be in motion. That speed and the harsh light helps the water stand out in this photo.
The background I never managed to completely solve, but I did take some steps which I think helped. A fiddled around quite a bit in Photoshop, but for the version above here is what I have done. First I cropped the image and sharpened it a bit. Then I converted it to black and white. In honor of Halloween, I masked the orange of the pumpkin back in. That orange seemed a bit too cartoonish with the black and white. So I then put a photo filter layer on it, using the sepia setting. The pumpkin still sticks out because sepia and orange are not the same, but that combination is less jarring.
Here is the original:
So this week’s theme was descent. I was originally thinking of the descent of the water, but it could also be a descent into the madness of Photoshop. Let me know what you think of my created image in the comments below.
Cheers and Happy Halloween!