Stacy Fischer of Visual Venturing has a challenge that occurs the first Friday of each month. It is called One Photo Focus wherein any one who wants to join in has to work on the same photo as everyone else and see what they come up with. This month the photo has been submitted by Robin Kent of photographybykent. Please consider joining in next month. Just mention it to Stacy in comments on her site and she’ll get you next month’s photo as soon as it is available.
I have an admission for this month’s One Photo Focus. I cheated! Robin, I have the utmost respect for you and your talent. But when I saw this image of yours I came up blank. Nothing. Zilch. Nada. I decided to sleep on it and the next morning woke up with nothing but a terrible taste in my mouth and a need to visit the bathroom.
Yes, I had been drinking the night before!
As for the cheating, I reverted to using a preset in Perfect Effects 9.5.
Yes, I did.
But you know what? It’s so much better than what I could have come up with on my own. Usually, when I use a preset, I will play with it, use it as a starting point until the processing is basically my own and not some stranger’s. Well, that’s what I did here so I don’t really feel too bad about the cheating thing. I still worked just as hard on your image as I have on any of mine so please don’t feel short-changed! And even though it is the Fourth of July weekend, I did not revert to fireworks!
OK, so what I did was avoided Lightroom entirely and exported the RAW image directly into Perfect Effects 9.5 I found a preset- after playing with at least 2 dozen- in a sub folder labeled Hipster called “Straight To Heck”, which looked like this:
This preset was made up of seven layers including the original. So what I did was start from the bottom with the original
and added the second layer, which was a slight Blur:
Layer three added a split tone of yellow for the highlights and orange/red for the shadows:
The fourth layer was a Texture that, if you enlarge the image, you might be able to see. It appears to be some kind of dark screen with very fine lines throughout:
Layer five is the same as a Radial Filter in Lightroom that throws the sides out of focus:
Layer six was a light leak on the lower left and Layer seven was a dark Vignette all around the image- both of which I deleted. I added a new layer from the Borders subfolder called “35 Contact Sheet”:
Finally I exported into Lightroom to remove the people on the lawn that were still visible and darkened the overall image slightly. And that was that:
Stacy’s Visual Venturing is more fun than a barrel of monkeys!