Thursday, August 11, 2011

Edit Me - Week 13 {A Dangerous Sea}

The photo for this week's challenge over at My Reflection of Something was so very, very inspiring! It was provided by Amber over at Amber's Articles...and it is a stunning photo without any adjustments to it...and it lends itself to so much creativity!

Amber's Original


Seriously I had so many ideas rolling around in my head, but I choose to do only two of them...a black & white version and a dreamy, dark & stormy version!

Here is what I came up with:


























For my black & white version I did the following:

1) I desaturated the photo
2) I did some dodging & burning to add some darkness to the clouds.
3) I went in and created a layer mask & lightened up the boat so that it was more pronounced in the background.

For the color one I did the following:

1) I sharpened with Totally Rad's Sharpen Like a Ninja action
2) I did a curves adjustment layer for the blues in the photo
3) I dodged & burned too add darkness to the rain coming down and the bottom portion of the clouds to add drama to the photo.
4) I lightened up the sails on the boat to help them to stand out more.
5) I then used MCP actions Magic Markers action from the Fusion Action Set on the sky to help it to pop and give it more of a stormy, orange color.
6) Finally I added the quote and a slight vignette.

So isn't the original stunning? And I can't decide which of my edits that I like better...they both are great in their own way!!

Happy Thursday, and don't forget to click on the button below to see the other edits!

 My Reflection of Something


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7 comments:

  1. Thank you for your kind words regarding my photo.

    I really love the second edit. You made the clouds pop, which I think adds to the dramatic feel of the photo originally. I also like that you increased the yellow hue of the sky.

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  2. I can't pick which edit i like the most .. cause both tell different stories and both has such amazing diff mood.
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  3. Very cool edits. I love the last one.

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  4. both edits are great but the quote with the colors in the second edit are just wonderful

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  5. both are great! love the quote!

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  6. I love your first edit, but I really like the quote in the second! Tough decision indeed!! Either way, both are fantastic!

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