One the first Friday of each month, Stacy Fischer’s AfterBefore Friday Forum invites all participants to work their magic on the same image–an image that is selected by one of the participants in advance. Hence the title of the event is “One Photo Focus.”
For July, I drew the straw for providing the image and so, in the spirit of the U.S. July 4th Holiday tomorrow, I selected the image below. The efforts of the other participants can be found at Visual Venturing and I hope everyone will check them out. I am sure there will be some interesting demonstrations of creative imagination.
The Before Image
Now I certainly hope that the current occupants of the building do not mistakenly conclude that what transpires next is anything other than a demonstration of certain image processing techniques.
As is my usual practice in One Photo Focus, I wanted to try some new things and a good place to find them is among the many Filter options available in Photoshop.
The image was opened in Photoshop and I used the Filter–>Distort–>Shear option shown above. The 5 black dots in the grid square can be dragged to the right or left of the centerline to createa variety of effects. The setting above produced this:
Now any attempts to introduce commentary about the dangers of moving too far from the center line will be quickly called out for what they are: brazen attempts to politicize an innocent and well meaning photography demonstration.
Besides there is more work to be done. Thus, the Filter–>Stylize–>Solarize option was introduced which produced the rather somber results shown below:
This would never do. So a rescue operation was launched using a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer as shown below. A very heavy application of Saturation (+76) was applied.
The result, shown below, is at least more colorful than before.
I wasn’t really happy with this outcome so I started over and tried something else. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find my notes. But here is the result.
I hope everyone who celebrates the 4th of July has an enjoyable day tomorrow. In the meantime, please check out One Photo Focus hosted by Stacy Fischer at Visual Venturing.