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Plenty of things have happened in my life that I didn’t really see coming. This scene is one of them:
It’s an evening shot of Valletta, Malta. If you had said a few years ago that I would visit I wouldn’t have argued with you exactly, as I do love to visit new places, it’s just that Malta wasn’t on my list of trips that I was planning. Upon reflection, it’s a little odd that I hadn’t been planning. A warm summer destination just steeped in history? A bit of a no-brainer for someone like me.
I’ve taken quite a few liberties with my edit here. I love the blue tones of the image, but in the edit, I wanted the warm night to feel a bit more distant and remote, like an older photograph you might find in an attic. I was inspired to think this way by the history of the island itself. People have been coming and going through the area for a long time. Before them, all types of flora and fauna, and the land itself was very different.
For this particular edit, I changed the temperature, boosted the yellows, added grain, and desaturated the image a bit, a slight crop was also in order. The two images really do have a different feel. Do you have a preference? Feel free to leave a comment below.
The photo for this post was taken just outside Église Sainte-Jeanne-d’Arc in Rouen, France. The church is modern and beautiful:
For this edit, I wanted to create a simpler version of the original file. I started by cropping the photo. I wanted to crop out the glimpse of the town, but retain an indication of this statue being outside. So, the people were out, but the pigeons were to stay.
I created this mostly black and white by using the saturation sliders to remove the color. I couldn’t resist leaving just a bit of the purple in though. To me, that hint of color makes the image more interesting. To subtly bring attention to the pigeons the vignette that I applied stops right by them, making that spot one of contrast and hopefully drawing your eye.
What do you think of this mostly monochrome image? do you like the hint of color? did you notice the pigeons? Feel free to leave a comment below.
This is the kind of image I don’t get much of here in England, one taken on an intensely sunny day:
But it has been a different type of summer here, one that is warm and very little rain. This photo was taken with my point and shoot. I liked the image but did want to edit it a little bit. The photo below is what I finished with:
The crop was where I started. I wanted to lose the lower left corner of the field and bring the church in just a bit closer. I’ve also used the tone curve to make the colors a bit deeper and I applied a vignette to the corners.
What do you think of the edit, does it retain its sunny day feel? Feel free to leave a comment below.
Inspired by Wandering Wednesday: Sunsets.
I love taking nature photos. This one was a bit of an unexpected find:
Unexpected for two reasons. The first is that it was taken in a cemetery, though you’d never know it from this photo. The second is that it was taken with my 50mm lens. I was able to get that close without the butterfly flying away.
The original file is this one:
I chose this file to work with because I thought the exposure was pretty much perfect. I liked the amount of detail in both the butterfly and the flower it is sitting on. I also loved the summery colors in this image, what can I say, this winter just seemed to drag its feet on the way out this year. I cropped the photo and then the biggest edit was to remove the blade of grass that was just to the left of the flower, I found it pretty distracting. I used the healing tool in Lightroom for the removal. I have also boosted the luminance and clarity and added a vignette.
What do you think of the edit? Have you ever come across a nature image in an unexpected place? Feel free to comment below.
Picfair version is here.