Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Week 27 good to WOW Edit Skies the Limit

Once again it is time to link our edits over at Ashley's.  I find editing sky photos difficult because I just seem to like everything--this blue or that blue...this brightness or that brightness...they all look kind of pretty.  By the time I'm done I'm not even sure what I did, but here are a few of my steps on one little image.  I bet you were hoping I would do one edit on my one little photo and call it good.  Well, I was kind of hoping I would too.
Removed Black Dot (probably created by the dirty window) from upper left cloud, Ran MCP Mini-Fusion
I know, not much difference, but I think the deeper blues and greater contrast bring out the sun, trees, and clouds a little more.   But since so many people said it was like a painting, I thought I would try making it like a painting.  Unfortunately, the different painting filters in PSE ended up blurring the details too much for my taste.  I looked for a canvas texture to add, but I don't seem to have one.  But here is my "painting effect" with which I am not completely satisfied.
Edited image, added two layers of Kim Klassen's "Not to Shabby" both with a hue/sat adjustment that took the light slider down to -45 but one layer of the texture is rotated 90 degrees to create cross lines.  Then I ran CoffeeShops Cross-Processing keeping layer 2, I think.  I think there was a PW Boost with the Zing or Zip deleted and a hue/saturation adjustment to the whole image with the levels increased.  That's it.
Then, because while I am actually quite interested in learning about clipping masks I don't feel competent to understand them tonight, so I downloaded the Polaroid app and created a polaroid--actually 4 since I couldn't figure out where the first three were saving themselves--or more accurately why the thumbnail wasn't a jpeg.  Then I went into preferences and changed the default saving spot to where I wanted it and now it is a fun app.
That's all folks!  Do go and check out the other edits--there are some truly beautiful SOOC photos.



Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

Wowza...what an amazing sky to begin with! Wonderful edits.

koreen said...

LOVE the sooc. LOVE the edit. :)

Ashley Sisk said...

I still love your SOOC shot...and I love what the polaroid did too. How fun!

missing moments said...

the SOOC shot rocks .... but then all of them do!

Kimberly said...

Your SOOC shot is amazing! Love the fun polaroid edit! :)

Chic Homeschool Mama said...

Seriously- probably one of the most beautiful sky shots I have ever seen.

Scott said...

Cool edits on a cool sky. :)

Halie said...

All the edits are stunning! I do have to say though, I love that polaroid effect! Have a happy weekend!