The spiders came out early this year, in droves. Normally, spiders come around the beginning of Autumn… this year I started seeing them much earlier (this image was taken in August). But I guess it was just a weird year, as San Diego was having yet another unseasonably hot and humid summer.
Now that it’s October, I thought a spider photo was appropriate for the After Before Friday Forum.
One morning I was out walking my pup and I nearly walked into this web! So, of course, I had to get out my camera and take a shot before I turned around and took a different path.
Here is the Before image…
Go find out what everyone else did this week for AB Friday Forum here.
Every Friday Stacy showcases after/before photos we’ve submitted. Then, if we choose, we can tell how we did it on our own blogs.
I actually did quite a bit of work on this image, especially on the over exposed leaves before I decided to crop the picture down to make the web the focus.
- Select-by-color white (overexposed) leaves – fill selection with a green chosen from one of the nearby leaves, change blend mode to Multiply, mask out parts I didn’t want filled with new layer, and change opacity to 45% (click image to enlarge).
- Add transparent layer, linear gradient black to transparent in upper right corner to darken leaf area a bit more, change blend mode to Overlay, change opacity to 50% (click image to enlarge).
- Create a new layer from visible; run dodge/burn script, reduce dodge layer opacity to 50% (click image to enlarge).
- Create a new layer from visible; run wavelet decompose filter (default 5), delete wavelet layers 3-5 and residual layer (click image to enlarge).
- Create a new layer from visible; run G’MIC noise reduction filter (click image to enlarge).
- Move wavelet layers 1 & 2 above noise reduction layer to add a touch more sharpness. Create a new layer from visible – final image before crop (click image to enlarge).
- Then I decided to crop the image to make the spiderweb the focus, and I cloned out the flag in the upper left corner.
Kind thoughts and comments welcome! 😀
Until next time…
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