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.

Sony RX100 M3 …f/3.5 .. 1/400s .. 25.7 mm .. 80 ISO

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.

My friend is lodging high in the Eastern Range,

Dearly loving the beauty of valleys and hills.

At Green Spring he lies in the empty woods;

And is still asleep when the sun shines on high.

A pine-tree wind dusts his sleeves and coat;

A pebbly stream cleans his heart and ears.

I envy you, who far from strife and talk

Are high-propped on a pillow of blue cloud. ~ Li Po*

A summer’s sprinkle

A spring snowstorm

It is a wonderful world…Amy (The World is a Book)

*(cited: Arthur Waley, The Poet Li Pl Gutenberg Project

This week Patti’s (P.A. Moed) Lens-Artists photo challenge is to pick a color and select several photos that feature that color and then beginning with a “large” color subject go down to an image that contains a small subject color — going from large to small.

smoke rising (Cameron Peak fire)

light reflections seen through the windows of a coffee shop

rust on a section of a pedestrian over-pass

the stem and veins within a leaf

This week scillagrace invites us to share Getting To Know You photographs that show our relationship with a subject that generated our attention, won our affection and taught us a thing or two.

on a makeshift bridge
we make friends…
croaking frog
~Issa (cited

I enjoy photo walk abouts…it is as if a camera has a third eye that invites me to look/see. Over time, I’ve enjoyed expanding my efforts to include using double exposure, long exposure, window reflections in street photography.

Introducing body language as a way to introduce emotions within street photography.

Exploring window reflections as a means to compose a frame within a frame as well as create an abstract street image.

Accepting the challenge of in-camera double exposure.

And…may I invite you to spend a few minutes watching a mom and child, getting to know each other through laughter and validation. I know you will find yourself smiling.

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