Friday, January 27, 2012
SmugMug Daily Link
It was foggy here yesterday morning, and I stopped to take a picture of a bare tree that always catches my eye on the trip to/from the kids' school. I got out the tripod because the light was low and I knew I wanted to take some bracketed images. I thought I might try to process the shot to look like my foggy tree daily from November 2010:
but I never saw the same potential in yesterday's tree and shots, so I started experimenting with other processing styles.
Here's the original correctly exposed shot:
I knew when I took the shot that I was going to want to get rid of the partial tree in the upper left. Bothers me. Might not bother you.
Here's the HDR version straightened up a bit and with the left branch removed:
It's OK, but it doesn't make me feel any emotion. It looks about like any other outdoor scene I would shoot around here in the winter and pump through Photomatix. So, I kept going.
This is the tree with a Plaster filter on it:
I happen to really like that version, but I wasn't sure how the daily community would receive it. I really struggled on what text, what font, and what location and shape for the text. I was about to get really frustrated.
I decided to see if I liked what any of the filters in Color Efex Pro would do. Here's what I call the 'blue' version:
I love blue (and red), and the colors here really work for me. There were about 5 filters on this in Color Efex Pro and I didn't keep track of which ones.
I wanted to try a texture, and I kept going. Here's the blue version with a texture:
This shot didn't have a lot of negative space, but I think I like the texture with it anyway.
But then I thought I'd see what B&W looked like, and then I felt like that was the one. It's rare for me to do a B&W conversion and feel like there's any depth to the tones of my shot. I guess all those fancy filters and colors before the B&W conversion helped.
You can tell me which one you like best or how you think you would have set about pp'ing the photo. I'd be interested to hear.