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



  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.

  2. I can't pick which edit i like the most .. cause both tell different stories and both has such amazing diff mood.

  3. Very cool edits. I love the last one.

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

  5. both are great! love the quote!

  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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