Travels and Trifles wrote, “This week the Lens-Artists team invites you to join us in exploring the magic of light. Sometimes we plan ahead and rise in the early morning hours to capture the sunrise, only to find it obscured by clouds. Other times we await the sunset only to find it less than spectacular. And sometimes, every now and then, we just get lucky and a boring scene becomes magical.”
What could be more boring than a global industrial grid bike rack or
the concrete foundation of an underpass.
Then there is the magical moment of a playground in the early morning hours.
P.A. Moed invites photographers to share images of what it is that inspires them.
I find myself wondering what is…inspiration?
Scott Barry Kaufman (Why Inspiration Matters?) writes that inspiration awakens us to new possibilities by allowing us to transcend our ordinary experiences and limitations. Inspiration propels a person from apathy to possibility, and transforms the way we perceive our own capabilities. Inspiration may sometimes be overlooked because of its elusive nature.
Anvica’s Gallery is this week’s lens-artists host who has invited photographers to share images of favorite places. The images above were edited within Nik’s Analog Efex Pro 2 to create aged postcards of Colorado landscapes.
Hum…it is a challenge to outline my editing process as it is more often than not a spontaneous flow of visual experimentation.
For this week’s challenge I chose the image below … the repeating patterns found within the dandelion family are inviting to my photographer’s eye.
First the raw image was cropped and edited in Capture One. A healing mask was used to remove some of the stems in the background.
Silver Efex: The editing process within Silver Efex began with a custom preset and some global adjustments. The blue filter was used as it was seen to lessen some of the background distraction. The IIford FP4 Plus 4 film type was chosen with a bit of yellow and green color filter sensitivity adjustments. Control points – contrast and brightness – were located in the parachutes. The vignette was set at -21%.
Photoshop: Contrast between lights and darks were explored with 3 curve layers.
Capture One: A custom split tone preset was the finishing edit.
One editing rule that I broke today is to walk away from an image for a period of time as a way to see my work through fresh eyes. Please let me know if you see any distractions or composition concerns.
Anne @ Slow Shutter Speed invited photographers to post their black and white photos as well as share their photo editing process.