From Spring to Autumn

Prompt:  http://robynsfineart.wordpress.com/2014/12/01/one-four-challenge-dec-wk-1/  One Image Four Ways Challenge

 <SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA>  I took this photo of a woodland in Holland in late spring.   I was disappointed with the result for the forest looked far more vibrant than my photographic capture.  Looking through a book on digital imaging today I found a technique that simulates the darkroom process of lith printing and thought it might could transform the image and make it more interesting.

The instructions in the book I had were rather hard to follow but did result in a transformed photo.   I quite like the oriental look but I have no idea where I’ll go with the image next week.

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Photoshop processes used:

1.   Create a new Black and White Adjustment Layer and use the Preset Infra Red in the drop down box.   Use the Sliders to adjust the image.

2.  Create a New Adjustment Layer – Curves and click on Green  in the Channel drop down box.  Adjust Curve to a steep S shape.

3.   Repeat Process 2 but click on Red in the Channel drop down box.

4.  Flatten Image and add a Film Grain Filter.

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20 thoughts on “From Spring to Autumn

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    1. Sorry. I dont really know. I did that on someone else’s blog once. I think I unfollowed the blog and the problem stopped. If that doesn’t work maybe ask WordPress for help. All the best . Suzanne

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  3. I love this transformation. Dense forest is always difficult to photograph, I don’t know how many times I have tried with nothing I was pleased with as a result. Here you transformed quite an ordinary forest view into something extraordinary. Very nice, Suzanne.

    1. Thanks Otto. I really like your thoughts on photographing forest – it’s good to know even the professionals have trouble with this subject. 🙂

  4. I love the transformation, especially the trunks. Can you do winter too? I can see myself being tempted to play around – when I actually stop running around (three trips to Queensland and two to Warsaw in the next seven months.)

    1. Not sure if I can magically make the leaves fall off the trees in this image 🙂 Gosh what a lot of travel. Just thinking about doing two trips to Europe and 3 to Queensland in one year makes me tired. Makes my goal of the Flinders Ranges next May seem like child’s play. I’ll be fascinated to see your photos of your travels. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much. It’s very rewarding to hear such a comment coming from you. Your work always inspires me to experiment

        1. It sounds like you have a lot going on emotionally and the cold weather would add to that. Nurture yourself and do what feels right – sometimes creativity has to go underground while new seeds are germinating. Love – Suzanne

    1. Oooh – I hope you do – I’d love to see your results. I hope you can understand my very brief notes on my process. The book I found the technique in is called ‘Advanced Digital Black & White photography” by John Beardsworth.

      1. I rarely use Photoshop, but I have Elements 10 (I think), so need to dust it off and work out how to use layers….this process might work quite nicely for my One Four….we’ll see!!

  5. I love this Suzanne!!
    There are so many wonderful tutorials out there – its worthwhile trying.
    This is a great success and exactly what our challenge is all about – trying and learning something new. Good on you 😀

    1. Thanks Robyn. As I said last week,I really enjoy your challenge. It’s really sparked my curiosity about digital imaging . 🙂

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