One Photo Focus – April 3, 2015

Image contributed by Cee Neuner - Edited by KCinAZ
Image contributed by Cee Neuner – Edited by KCinAZ

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.

13 Comments Add yours

  1. Very nice edit, I like the paleness of the image, even the greens are subdued.

    1. kcinaz says:

      Thanks. It was a fun challenge.

  2. Nic says:

    I like the hyper-white that you have brought out in this image. I don’t know if it was the creamtone or if it’s the touch of color, but either way it is really neat. It looks like you had fun creating this. 😀

    1. kcinaz says:

      Thanks Nic. It was fun and a bit on the learning curve too.

  3. Fun, subtle selective coloring, Karen (though the more saturated green on the wreath certainly does pull my eye in – makes me think of Christmas 😀). Glad you had fun trying out a new method. As always, thanks for taking part!

    1. kcinaz says:

      Thanks, Stacy. It was a fun one.

  4. Cee Neuner says:

    Wonderful job of editing. I like that the arbor was in black and white and you emphasized the house with slight color. It really made the rest of the photo details pop. I might have to keep that in mind.

    1. kcinaz says:

      Thanks Cee. I wasn’t sure about it but wanted to be outside the box for a change.

      1. Cee Neuner says:

        I like your out of the box thinking.

  5. Mary says:

    I love how subtle you were with coloring, very nice.

  6. I like how you contrasted the soft tones and the green. I perhaps want more green on the tree but then I also like it slightly pale. Nice edit.

    1. kcinaz says:

      No green in the arbor tree. I thought about it and then left it B&W so that it stood out. Maybe some soft green there would have been nice too.

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