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The last two weeks in the “After and Before Forum” I have been working hard in Photoshop. This week I wanted to relax a bit and worked on an image in Lightroom.
I took the picture in a park while trying to find more winter macro images. I really liked the texture on the leaf and knew that it would lend itself really well to black and white.
In Lightroom the first thing I did was tweak the exposure. I had taken a few pictures of this leaf and had to choose which would be the “chosen one”. I then converted the image to Black and White using one of my presets and tweaked the sliders to get the general tone I wanted.
I increased the global exposure to brighten the whole image but reduced the highlights as they were too strong. I increased the shadows to soften them a bit and I also increased the contrast and midtone contrast with clarity.
I wanted to burn the edges of the picture in to frame the picture. To do this I created a square vignette in the effects panel.
I moved onto local adjustments as I wanted the leaf to really stand out. I brightened the shadows of the leaf which reduced the contrast here slightly and then added some contrast and clarity. This began to pull the leaf from the background. I then added a slight blue hue to colourize the leaf.
With the leaf now blue, I needed to balance this tone with the rest of the picture. Using split toning I added a warm tone to the shadows. As the shadows are now warm and the leaf is much cooler brings a nice harmony to the image.
I went back to my selective adjustment and tweaked the blue to make it less intense to make it balance more with the warm tone from the split toning.
This is a different way to use colour in a black and white image and I think with the softness of the hues it really does work well.
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