Just Some BWs from a Gallery Opening

Daffodils Editing Steps

I loved these poor snow covered flowers.   Here’s the original:

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First step, I took it into Camera Raw to adjust the exposure a bit and remove some of the distractions:

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Next, into Photoshop where I (1) unlocked and duplicated the base layer.  (2) Then on the bottom layer, I used Edit->Transform ->Flip Vertical.  (3) On the second layer, I used a layer mask so I could remove the distractions in the upper right corner, replacing them with snow.

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Finally, I added a Levels layer so I could brighten things up by adjusting the histogram:

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Vernal Pool Editing Steps

I took this shot in the rain in the afternoon with my Sony DSC-RX100 point and shoot. Here it is straight out of the camera:

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Step One: Crop for overall composition.
Of course I try to compose things in camera as much as possible. For this image, I only wanted to the change the aspect ratio from 2X3 (the way it came out of the camera) to 3×4. I like to crop in Camera Raw. It’s just easier.

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Step Two: Remove distractions.
After the initial crop, I took it into Photoshop. I spent a lot of time looking at it, noticing where my eyes would go, paying attention to distractions. Then I used Content Aware Fill to remove the distractions (Edit->Fill…).

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Step Three: Adjust the Histogram
Next I added a Levels layer to adjust the histogram, giving a little more differentiation between the light, midtone, and dark areas of the image.

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Step Four: Saturation/Hue
Finally, I added a Saturation/Hue layer to punch up the colors a bit. I love the way this layer brought some more detail to the underwater leaves, as well as bringing a bit of blue to the water.

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Thoughts? Critique? Suggestions?

Shoe Room

It’s haunted, just so you know…

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Paint Room

Took a walk down memory lane at the community theatre where we used to be involved in shows. This little scene caught my eye… had to capture it.

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Starburst with Trees

DSC00430 Driveway Sunburst-Color with Trees

That Willow Again

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DSC00595 Branches Reflection

The first one is a composite of two images – ice becomes sky.  The second one isn’t.  It had it’s own icy sky with imaginary reflected branches.