Every Wednesday, all across the internet, bloggers post a photograph with no words to explain it. Here is mine.
Here’s my week two edit for Robyn’s One-Four Challenge. This challenge asks that you edit the same picture in four ways over four weeks.
For this second edit I cropped it a little looser in order to keep more of the tyre tracks on the sand in the foreground. Next, rather than just lightening the face of the man (as that made it stand out too much against his dark jumper last week) this time I used the levels settings to tweak the shadows on the whole of his figure. Many thanks to lensaddiction for the suggestions.
For this edit I also wanted to make it look a little later in the day. To do so I added a faint (20%) magenta photo filter, giving the image a sunset look. After adding this layer I had to select the man’s skin and desaturate it slightly – he’d turned rather orange! I finished off by selecting and brightening the highlights.
Here’s the original image and week one for comparison:
I hope you all like it. Feel free to let me know what you might like to see in future edits. I’m always happy to accept suggestions.
He stands beside the water with the setting sun at his back, his pose deceptively casual. Between his hands clouds begin to gather, a roiling reflection of the sky above. In their midst a spark of sunlight ignites. It grows steadily in intensity until a golden orb burns; the wild energy of the stars compressed into miniature form. The sun sinks closer to the horizon. Glowing striations cross his face as the gathered energy is absorbed. To what use will it be put?
This is an entry into Cee’s Oddball Challenge. I took this picture a couple of years ago when visiting Whitby with my nephew. As you can see, the photograph didn’t work quite as I intended but I found it such a bizarre flaw that I couldn’t delete it! The picture also doesn’t quite fit the descriptions in the passage – his hands are in the wrong positions and the expression on his face isn’t quite what you’d expect from someone performing such an ‘energy gather’ – but I couldn’t resist linking it with a little magical, mystical scene. I hope you like it.
Two nights in a row this week I managed to photograph rather nice sunsets over the field next to my house. The first night I watched (and photographed of course!) as the sun sank below the horizon in a gorgeous golden glow. The next night the sky turned a lovely mottled pink. I thought I’d share some of the pictures I took with you. I hope you like them.