Saturday, 19 March 2011

The Brenda Photo Challenge

Found a new challenge (Go to The Brenda Photo Challenge for more info). This month it's before and after so here goes.  These were part of a series of photos I took at Bradgate Park in Leicestershire yesterday in thick fog - I love misty images.

Before...


and After...
I wanted to keep the ethereal feel but also
wanted to warm up the image and give it a bit more oomph!
I cloned out a blob in the foreground, used a screen blending mode,
converted to b&w, added a sepia tint to warm it up, then boosted the contrast.
I didn't mind the sky being white as that's what I was after - it's the kind
of image I think I'd use as a greetings card of some type.

Before...

After...
I cloned out the bench and some twigs in the top right corner
as I felt they were too obtrusive.  I also altered the colour balance,
and used a screen blending mode plus a soft light blending mode.

Before...

After...
I wanted to keep the feel that the fog gave,
but also make the image simpler, more minimalist.
I cropped it, cloned out branches and areas of white paint
on the wall in the foreground, converted to b&w, added a sepia
tint, and boosted the contrast.

14 comments:

Michael Rowland said...

Lots of great moody, foggy photos,,,interesting transformation. My fav is the middle one,,,M

Annie said...

Ah, Very interesting before and after shots Barb.
Nice to meet you. Thanks for visiting mine too.

Aaron Lindsey said...

The funny thing about your edits is that the pics are beautiful before AND after! I love them all. Very dramatic and moody.

Donna said...

These are all beautiful examples of wonderful photographs that are made even better with some special editing! That first transformation is my favorite!

Tanyia said...

Wow I am totally in love with that first photo and the edit of it. I really like the warm touch you added to it and it just has such a magical feel! Great edit. This was my first time playing along in the challenge!

Ashley Sisk said...

These are all so gorgeous - you've done an incredible job!

Barbara said...

The transformations turn a pretty picture into an extraordinary one. I like the middle and last because I love stone walls, but they are all beautiful.

Crafty Sue said...

Beautiful pictures, the fog gives a nice effect.
Well done!
Sue.

svh2 said...

I thought the 'befores' were great and then I saw the 'afters' and they were even better! You're so great at photo editing! Lovely atmospheric shots. I love misty shots and stone walls, too. :o)

Penny

Donna said...

I love the second best...Beautiful!!
They're ALL beautifully done!
Nice job!

Whity Wife said...

really like the black and white of the wall, there are so many dimensions it can poses!

Brenda said...

Great shots! I love fog and mists, they can make for such creative photos.

Lori Lindsey said...

WOW! These are amazing! I love foggy shots and you did an amazing job processing these.

Ann said...

Totally awesome. Not only would these look good on a greeting card but I think a series of them framed and hanging on the wall.

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