18 January 2010

experimenting with photoshop


I spotted this leaf in the fall. It caught my eye from 15 feet away, and I wanted it to catch the viewer's eye too. There was no way I could get close enough to it for a macro view without soaking myself or my camera. Picasa's focal black & white didn't capture my brain's perception. So, my better half gave me a crash course in Photoshop trickeration yesterday, and this was the first result. Thoughts?

10 comments:

~Christina~ said...

L O V E this!!!! Im going to have to try this. Faboulous!

Kimstar said...

This photo is right up my ally, I love it....great capture...

You had me at Merlot. said...

like (thumbs up icon)

brunoplim said...

Very good! Definitely an eye catching image.

Luis Gomez said...

Really good! Congrats.

lacochran said...

I like it. Certainly pops. :)

Jacob said...

Excellent! I'd guess you desaturated everything except the red and then cranked up the saturation on that. Yes?

Mr. J said...

@Jacob, the color of the leaf is true. There was no adjustment of saturation in that regard. I created two layers in PS: one in black & white, one color. With the B&W layer on top, I erased the leaf, allowing the color to show through. I adjusted its opacity afterward to leave just a little of the original color showing through from lower (color) layer.

Jacob said...

Thanks! I may have to give that procedure a try!

Mr. J said...

Here is the link to the original attempt in Picasa with a focal black-and-white. Not quite the same effect!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fauxtographyphlog/4064239719/in/set-72157622585403233/