Thursday, May 5, 2011

Week 17 good to WOW Edit Growth

Thursday again!  Which means I get to see what every one did with their fabulous photos during the week over at Ashley's Blog.  I'm glad there wasn't much new to try today because I am feeling a little behind on a few things, so I'm thankful for quick edits.

Opened in ACR, bumped recovery and blacks a little.  Opened in PSE High Pass Filter and Bumped Saturation up for Greens, Blues and Yellows.  Resized and sharpened for web.

Normal Edit:
I cropped (in iPhoto) as close as I could and still have enough pixels for printing and for the tininess of the moth/butterfly to still be evident.  I tried several different crops, but this turned out to be my favorite.  Opened in ACR.  Brought down exposure, bumped up recovery, brought down brightness, bumped up vibrance--all a very tiny amount.  Then in PSE a high pass filter and a hue adjustment level bumping up the greens and blues.  Resized and sharpened for web.

Then since my daughter was still sleeping I decided to play a little.  Since I had not tried selective coloring the week Ashley taught it, I thought I would try it.  Black and white isn't a good option for having a grey and blue moth stand out, so I added a green layer and brushed it off of the butterfly.  Also used a vignette. Ran out of time to try more, so resized and sharpened for web and here you go:
I like how this brings out the leaf and butterfly, getting rid of some distracting background.  I might need to try a vignette or some more background blurring on the top edit.  Probably not today.  I want to go look at other people's pictures.  Plus now I am downstairs with my daughter, the laundry, other chores, and my husband's laptop.

Have a happy Thursday!  Thanks for visiting my page!  Have fun visiting some others:



Jessaca said...

LOVE the edit on the tree. Looks incredible with the crisp colors. Grea Job
Enjoy your day!!

Ashley Sisk said...

Your first edit is so beautiful and vibrant. I love how you edited it! Nicely done.

Anonymous said...

Nicely done!

Donna said...

Thanks for your kind comment on my blog!
The Butterfly shot with just a tinge of blue showing is GORGEOUS! I'll Never be this good!

Kristy said...

Beautiful cedar!

Linda Makiej said...

Terrific edits!!

Chic Homeschool Mama said...

WOW- those came out beautiful!

Michelle said...

hum... I think that last is my fav of the edits. I like how the blue wings just pop nicely! Good job!

Scott said...

I like your butterfly edit. The little splash of color on the butterfly looks great.

Julie said...

The tree photo is so nice and bright. I actually kind of like the butterfly one in color but still nice work on all of them. :)

Natalie said...

Both are very beautiful and creative edits! I love the first one!

Kimberly said...

Your edits are great! The tree photo didn't look like it needed editing, but your edit really makes the colors pop.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Leovi said...

I loved this series, especially the second photo of the beautiful flowering tree blue sky background.

Adeena said...

LOVE the tree edit! :D

And I like the B&W of the butterfly. The hint of blue is really neat! :)