Deer Trail – Before and After

I’m trying to practice something every day. Here’s a deer trail photo I took on Dec 26, 2014 with only a couple of minor adjustments to highlights and shadows to get a good histogram.

IMG_2512 Before

I took it into Nik Color Efex and applied the Sunlight and Detail Extraction filters. Then, back in Photoshop I dodged and burned a bit, then discovered by accident the Sponge Tool. I should have saved a version in between before applying the Sponge Tool – which allows you to selectively desaturate colors. It was the perfect tool to bring out the deer trail and to tone down the yellows a bit after it came out of Nik.

IMG_2512 After

I think the yellows are still a little too intense… but I’m glad to have learned about the sponge tool!

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