Here's my #2. I just can't seem to keep my hands off this image!
Great fun working on this image -- thanks for offering it up.
Very nice. I particularly like what happens below the horizon. You think cropping part of the sky would destroy the serenity factor?
I like many things about your image, including the red, which seems to call out the color in the sky, to my eye, at least.
Not sure about the splotches on the left, though. They seem to struggle against the elliptical vignette, and also might unbalance the structures a little. Might be just me.
Being new to this group, I haven't seen any of the others in your series, yet. I'll need to go back and take a look. If they're like this, they'll be well worth the time. Thanks for sharing.
It can be so much fun to play around -- the minutes (hours) just melt away.
Linda From Maine wrote:
Which filter or filters? Something in analog efex ... (
I particularly liked how the preset got the feel of the street background, and then I wanted to be sure the subject was integrated tonally into the environment. I thought the scratches & texture helped accomplish that, probably because it revealed the "damage", although I did try to reduce that to a certain extent in the second go around.
Great thought about control points. I typically do use them a lot, but not so much with analog efex. I don't know why I didn't even try with this shot.
At this point, I don't go into PS much at all. I'm trying to learn as much as I can with LightRoom and NIK.
I liked what you did, the "feel," so much, I challenged myself to get the eyes to work. This worked for me:
Desaturate the blues in the left eye.
Color pick a light skin tone from around her right eye
Darken it (experimentation in next step)
Paint it, using "Overlay" in the desaturated parts of the left eye
Darken the irises of both eyes to taste.
Powerful shot for me.
Thanks so much, artBob. You're asking me to raise my game considerably, so I'm going to need to stretch. But that's precisely why I wanted to ask you all for advice.
Did you take these steps and, if so, would you mind sharing the outcome?
I would love to see the photo before you put it through NIK. The left eye looks like it was replaced in your second photo.
Here's the ur-shot SOOC. Before running it into NIK, I did a number of things in LightRoom, including shadow/highlight adjustment, white & black clipping, luminance smoothing and a shift in upright perspective.
In NIK, I used Analog Efex 2, starting with the "wet plate 3" recipe, and then a whole lot of jiggering around with bokeh, film type etc.
Thanks for asking.
Greatly appreciate all the input. Really good suggestions. I've given it another try.
I'm messing around with the new NIK collection 2 plugged in from Lightroom. As is often the case, I wonder if I've gone too far with the eyes.
Wondering what you all thought and if you would, post your work and let me know what you did. Thanks!
Sorry to hear about your father, but glad he's out of the hospital and hope he keeps improving.
I had a little different response to your experiment. I had a sense that you'd taken a bag of color and dumped it on the ground, with some of it congealing into marbles while some of it was still "runny". So I boosted the colors a little bit and played with contrast and saturation, coming up with a somewhat more overstated version of your #3.
I've been lurking in this group a little while and have enjoyed what you all have been up to. So I decided it was time I took a flier.
Photoshop has become such an amazing and extremely powerful piece of software...
This little nugget was buried in the OP. Couldn't agree more.
For this amazing and extremely powerful piece of software, I pay $10 a month, and I get Lightroom, which is equally amazing if not quite as powerful, to boot.
For that, I count myself lucky. And I thank Adobe sincerely for its development and maintenance.
Automatic exposure bracketing is just a feature that most cameras offer, along with dozens of other features. It's not a test of skill or manliness. Use it if it helps you, ignore it if it doesn't. Of course, you can just bracket the old fashioned way by adjusting parameters between shots. I don't personally use it much anymore, but when I was getting started, I found it quite helpful as a learning device. It was instructive to scrutinize carefully the three images to illustrate the subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) changes.
Almost everyone has been talking about exposure bracketing; but focus bracketing can be a very useful technique as well, especially when using very shallow depth of field, or focusing on objects that are extremely close. Sometimes, I like to intentionally focus not on the subject but slightly behind it, then I slowly turn the focusing ring on my lens as I take several images in a row.