This is the third week of the One Four Challenge for January, taking one picture for the month and editing it four different ways. Last week I created an interesting image with a solarisation effect using LR/Enfuse.
This week, after a few comments over the past two weeks, I have decided to crop in a bit tighter.
I was a little apprehensive about cropping too tight, because as you crop you are reducing the number of pixels and if you crop too close you can end up reducing the overall quality.
I took the image into photoshop and rotated the flower so it was level and then using the guides created a frame for the crop. When I rotated the picture there were some gaps between the picture and the sides of the canvas. I used the magic wand selection tool to select this blank areas and used Content Aware Fill to fill in these areas.
Once filled I duplicated the layer and turned it into a smart object, I then used field blur to blur the image as if it was shot out of focus. Switching to the non blurred layer I used, Selection – Focus Area, to only get the in focus areas selected and then applied this selection as a mask to the blurred layer. This gave the effect of a much shallower depth of field as only the very sharp areas were not in focus.
With the base image now complete I went to NikSoft Color Efex and played around with some filters to have a different colour tone to that of week one.
The image took about an hour to create, it took abit of time get the focus selection just right and play around with it.
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