It’s a new month and so time for a new picture for Robyn’s One-Four Challenge.
For this first edit I used Photoshop Elements. I began by cropping it a little off the bottom and sides. I then selected the smudge stick filter, which I set to a relatively low stroke length, highlight area and intensity. I didn’t want to distort the picture too much, just give it a slightly ‘painted’ look. Next I very slightly increased the brightness and contrast, just to make things pop a little more, and decreased the overall saturation to dull down the greens. Then I selected all of the yellow dandelions and increased their saturation, the ones in the foreground more than those further back . To finish off I decided that the bright area of background in the top left corner was a little too distracting to the eye, so I selected and darkened it to create a more even toned band across the whole of the top.
Here’s the original image:
This was taken last spring. There’s a farm on the edge of the village that has lots of white and brown ponies, regularly including foals. I love taking photos of them – though it’s rare in this particular field that I actually get a clear shot as there are only one or two breaks in the hedge. Luckily on this day these three were lying straight ahead of the gate. I would have liked to move a step or two to my left to line them up a little better (I would have liked the central pony’s head more to the right) but unfortunately there was a hedge in my way!
If anyone has any suggestions of edits they’d like to see, feel free to let me know. Last month I had several ideas from the start. This time I don’t.