Cee Neuner gave me a huge challenge on how to approach the image. Huge in a way that means I had no idea where to start. I liked it a lot already in full color but since I’ve been wanting to do something with B&W and decided to give it a try with this one. As usual, I am was still second guessing myself as I sent the image to Stacy at Visual Venturing for April’s One Photo Focus. I started with Cee’s raw image in Lightroom to begin my editing. First the image was converted to B&W and then a temperature adjustment of Creamtone along with playing around with the basics until I was happy. Definition of happy is that I didn’t start over.
Then the image was moved into Photoshop where some coloring was done. Colorizing was not completely necessary but I’ve seen B&W work where some objects have been colorized and wanted to try my hand at it. A yellow cast with a low opacity was added to the windows. I started the windows over a couple of times until I found the right method. First I used a paint brush and it had a streaked look. Lastly I used the paint bucket with a low opacity.
Then the grass and vegetation was colorized with a low opacity green using the same method. Then I noticed what might be a wreath on the door and colorized it as well with standard green and red. I purposely left the main tree alone. Go figure? Well, there you have it. Thanks, Cee for such a great image and for helping me step outside the box. To see what others have been up to with Cee’s image go to Visual Venturing.