It’s that time again….One Photo Focus is here! Thanks to Stacy for providing us a fun image! Please check out her blog when you have a chance. You’ll find some beautiful photos there!
There are a lot of Victorian houses in the Bay Area, and I’m not sure why but I always think of something foreboding or scary when I think of them. That’s what I thought of when I looked at this image so I went with it.
1. If you look at the original, you’ll see the right-hand side of the house tilted in, so I fixed that by adjusting the vertical perspective. When you do that, it usually means that the bottom of the photo gets smaller than the canvas so instead of cloning to fill in that blank area, which takes more time, I used the transform tool and just expanded the image to fill up the space.
2. Next I fixed the contrast and parts of the image I’d like darker or lighter. This was five layers isolating different things like the post, the fence, the upper right-hand part of the house plus a couple windows.
3. For the look and feel, I then applied a Nik Analog filter to give me the basic colorization and texture with a bit of grain, dirt and dust. Nothing like a bit of dirt and dust to make an image! Reminds me of my regular photos when I haven’t cleaned my sensor. 🙂
4. Instead of modifying the sky, I deleted it and created my own on a blank layer. I used the eyedropper to sample the light and darks of the image after the Analog filter application and then used a couple of handy dandy brushes, namely lightening bolt and cloud brushes which I had already in my arsenal.
5. Lastly, I added a vignette in Nik Color Efex.
Thank you one again Stacy for coordinating this challenge and for your image this month. I always look forward to this fun challenge. Please check out the entire ABFriday Challenge and also Stacy’s Post too!