I finally found some time to join this month’s One Photo Focus. It’s a challenge where we all make edits to the same photo and then we see what we have all come up with on the First Friday of the Month.
This month’s image was provided by Michelle Lunato from Michelle Lunato Photography.
Here is my submission…
And here is the before image…
I made a shit-ton of layers to get this look. See for yourself…
- I made a few minor changes in UFRaw and saved as a ppm file and then brought it into GIMP*
- I lightened the image by adding a white layer and and transparent layer painting more white in some areas.
- Next I played around with some textures and blend modes which changed the overall color of the image to be more bright and cheery.
- I painted black on a transparent layer (using a radial gradient) to try to lessen the brightness of the sun.
- Then I sharpened the image using the wavelet decompose filter.
- Then I reduced the noise using the G’MIC plugin (Iain’s noise reduction) – which reduced the noise and removed the texture that I created earlier… but I decided that was ok because the textured layers gave it the color I liked so it wasn’t a complete loss.
- Then I wanted it to have more oomph so I played around (and followed my own tutorial) on faux hdr and grungy combo, including G’MIC’s Freaky Details and High Pass Sharpen.
- And lastly I lightened the boats a bit more by adding a transparent layer and painting white in those areas.
Phew! So that’s what I did. 😀
Go check out what everyone else did for this challenge at Stacy’s blog Visual Venturing!
Kind thoughts and comments are welcome!
Until next time…
* GIMP is Open Source software that is available for all platforms (Linux, Mac, and Windows), it is a photo editor that does many (if not all) of the things you can do in Photoshop. You can download it for free here. The GIMP online manual can be found here.