This is the first Friday of the month and that means it’s time for Stacy Fischer’s OnePhoto Focus, where photographers from all over take their turn on the same image. The range of interpretations is truly impressive, and you can find the links to the other submissions at Visual Venturing.
But first, a quick trip to the front yard where some butterflies seem to be evaluating the worthiness of some flowers growing there. Hard not to pick up the camera and walk 30 feet to the subject.
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Female Dark Form)?
I am not certain about the identities of the above three butterflies, especially the one immediately above. If there are any experts out there, I would be most interested in any corrections they might have. At any rate, all three photos were taken with a Nikon D880E, handheld, using a 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. Various focal lengths and shutter speeds, all shot at f/9.0, ISO 1600.
Now back to our regularly scheduled post, OnePhoto Focus.
This month, the challenge image was submitted by Katie Prior. Many thanks to her for allowing us the use of her photograph, shown below.
Original Image by Katie Prior
As usual, I opened the image in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) and made a series of fairly standard adjustments (setting black and white points, claity, and vibrance). The result of this first stage is shown below.
Katie Prior’s Image after ACR Processing
This is a case where I got caught up in the process and failed to keep notes. After opening the image in Photoshop, it seemed that Black and White would be the most promising approach, so my first step was to create a Black and White adjustment layer. I then added a few Curves Adjustment layers and a gradient layer, but while the image was becoming more dramatic as a pure B&W, it seemed to missing something. So I used another Curves Adjustment layer but instead chose (I think) the Cross Process preset. That made it a little more interesting. I then switched tactics and began to simplify by turning off the Black and White Adjustment layer and then all but two Curves Adjustment layers (removing 6 in all). At the end, the image had only 3 layers, the background layer (as it came from the ACR), a standard Curve Adjustment layer, and the Cross Process layer.
Please chack out the many other interpretations of Katie’s image by visiting VisualVenturing.com. I haven’t seen any of the other posts yet , but based on previous episodes, there is no telling what kind of amazing creativity you will find–mystical scenery, romantic lighting, prehistoric creatures, perhaps even an appearance by the Loch Ness Monster. But it will be entertaining.