A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.Edward Steichen
This week, Tina invites us to share images that were captured or processed in more than one way. This is a wonderful opportunity for me to experiment using different techniques in shooting and post processing.
After I tweak my photographs in Photoshop, I often bring them into the Nik Collection and see if any filters improve the image. As you can see below, my first image of the kiwi fruit on the left had a good amount of detail, but I wanted to see what would happen if I applied a HDR filter. The image on the right with the HDR filter reveals more of the fruit’s texture and deepens its color. Which one do you prefer?
It’s very rare that I’m happy with my original shot. But sometimes miracles happen and the image is fairly close to what I had in mind when I clicked the shutter! One day when I was walking on Lincoln Road in Wayland, Massachusetts, I stopped to take a picture with my cellphone of the horses grazing in the pasture. (See the first image below.) In Photoshop, I increased the saturation, bumped up the contrast, and cropped the shot to eliminate some of the grass in the foreground and some distracting details on the left and right sides of the image. (See the second image.) My goal was to bring the horses into sharper relief.
This next image was buried deep in my archives. It was shot several years ago on a walk along the Arno near sunset. For this set, I wanted to experiment with two Nik filters. The original image below needed a good crop and had a few distracting stray branches on the left and right.
My first step was to crop the shot and eliminate the stray branches with the clone stamp tool. Then I brought the image into Nik and added the soft focus filter, which gives the photo a painterly effect. Compare this photo to the second image, with the HDR filter, which brings the details into sharp relief. Which one do you prefer?
For my final set, I’m including two images taken on the same spring night in Lisbon. The first photo is a wide angle view of the Praça do Comércio. The second one zooms in on several people standing close to the arch. So, which one do you prefer–the wide view or the close up?
Many thanks to Tina for her intriguing “One Photo Two Ways” challenge. We all look forward to seeing the results of your experiments and your creative vision. Please include a link to Tina’s original post and use the Lens-Artists Tag so we can find you in the WP Reader. As always, a special thanks to all of you who participate in our weekly challenges. Your creativity is always inspiring and your continued support means so much to us.
We are excited to announce a special event for the month of July. Several of our previous guest hosts have agreed to lead the Lens-Artists challenge. We’re sharing their themes in advance and hope you’ll join us and them in the coming weeks. They include:
July 3 John Steiner of Journeys With Johnbo will present “On the Water.”
July 10 Anne Sandler of Slow Shutter Speed will present “Black and White.”
July 17 Rusha Sams of Oh The Places We See will present “Getting Away.”
July 24 Beth Smith of Wandering Dawgs will present “Along Back Country Roads.”
July 31 Ana Campo of Anvica’s Gallery will present “Postcards.”
Please be sure to check out their always-interesting and beautiful blogs, and join us in supporting them as they lead us each Saturday in the coming month.
In the meantime, have a wonderful creative week and please stay safe.