After Before Forum Week74; Solarized Daisy

The After Before Forum is a place where photographers of all levels can show how they get the wow in their photography. It is easy and fun to take part, you can check out how here.

Daisy solarization beforeNext week is One Photo Focus over on Stacy Fischer’s Blog Visual Venturing and the After Before Forum will be back on the 12th of February. If you wish to take part in One Photo Focus you can find more infomation here.

Back to this week’s image. I wanted to play around with solarization. Solarisation (or solarization) is a phenomenon in photography in which the image recorded on aa negative or on a photographic print is wholly or partially reversed in tone. Dark areas appear light or light areas appear dark. The term is synonymous with the Sabattier effect when referring to negatives, but is technically incorrect when used to refer to prints. (wikipedia)

You can create solarized images in Silver Efex and Photoshop. However I decided to use Lightroom and a Plugin called Enfuse. Enfuse is a plugin for creating HDR images primarily.

In Lightroom I converted my before image to black and white. I then made a virtual copy and reversed the curve to create a negative image. I then merged the two images together with Enfuse.

The image that came out of Enfuse was very grey (something I am used to when i do this) I played around with the settings to create a nice tone. There are two approaches to toning, Dark and contrasted, Bright with softer but still strong contrast. I finally split toned the image to add some more Depth to the image.

Daisy solarization

The effect was quite alien at first , but has slowly grown on me.

Week 74 Entries For The After Before Friday Forum

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