The second part of January’s One Four Challenge I tried something I have never done in lightroom before, creating a solarized image.
In the Darkroom a solarized image was created by exposing the print twice, once with the enlarger and a second time while developing. This creates an image that is positive and negative at the same time.
I had created this effect with Camera Raw before (Photoshop/Camera Raw Solarization) and although I was happy I wanted to experiment with different method. The method I chose was to use LR/Enfuse plugin that can be used to create focus stacked and natural HDR images.
The Method involved using two copies of image both black and white but one with a negative S curve (just reversing the diagonal line in the curves palette. In then exported the two files to the LR Enfuse Plugin and waited for the output file. The new file was very grey (I expected this), increasing the contrast, setting white and black points, while playing with the exposure gave me the image I have; but there were so many tonal options I could have gone for. I then created a slight split tone with a cyan blue for the highlights and a very desaturated yellow in the shadows (it is there and softens them slightly). I cropped the image slightly in to give the flower more prominence in the composition. My final touch was to add a post crop vignette to soften the edges.
This is a very differnt image to the orginal. At first I wasn’t too sure, I went and had a coffee returned and it had grown on me. I really like the method but I think there may need to be some tweaking with Enfuse to get it just right.
What do you think of the picture, do you prefer it to lasts weeks? let me know in the comment box below.
Andrew asked in the comments if this effect was possible in SIlver Efex. It has taken me two days to have time to get back to the computer to double check because I thought it was possible.
To get a similar effect you need to create a v shape in the curves this make whites white, blacks white and midtones black. Then play around with the toning like usual. When toning you are in alice in wonder land with darkening an image brightening an image ect.
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