To the average viewer, this tranquil, scenic photograph of Cades Cove probably looks natural. But for others who have visited this part of the Smoky Mountains, it may look a bit unusual. I’ve published this photo before without the perspective modifications that are described in this How To Do Stuff (HTDS) post.
The original image, left, shows the unmodified view. I liked the scene but wanted to get a little more curve to the fence line in the lower area. The change also added depth and visual flow.
Processing: To achieve the final result above, I made a duplicate layer and applied Edit > Transform > Warp in Adobe Photoshop CS6 and pulled the lower right area down to create a slight slope while pulling the upper right corner up to raise the tree tops. I then dropped the lower left to make the left center of the scene (bears) more prominent. Nik Viveza 2 was used for more color punch and selective structuring.
And finally, I added a very slight vignette to darken the corners, drawing more attention to the center of the image.
With all of the natural texture of this shot, a gritty, artsy monochrome seemed appropriate. I used Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 and took advantage of the individual color adjustments to work the blue/cyan background and green/yellow foliage.
While going through some photos taken in the Smoky Mountains, I came across this chaotic jumble. And though the resolution is not up to today’s standards, I was able to get enough detail and tonality using Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop. I really like the beauty that can be found in natural chaos.
Equipment used: Nikon D100 with 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5 at 35mm effective 52mm, f/6.3, 1/50 sec, ISO 400.
Here is another pseudo-HDR image of our backyard color. Each of our lily groupings is a surprise. This beautiful yellow variety is a bold contrast to the more reddish tones that have preceded it. We just moved to our new house and appreciate what the previous owners planted in the back yard. This photo is again taken with my Nokia Lumia 920 phone.
I’ve been taking advantage of the camera in my cell phone lately. This photo image is from my backyard where we have quite a variety of lilies. These are kind of a magenta blended with a hint of red. This image was produced with Adobe Camera Raw and Adobe Photoshop.
The next two images below were produced with Nik Color Efex Pro 4 where I added the Glamour Glow filter for more drama. I also did a little darkening of the lighter background areas using burn tool in Photoshop on the last image,
Our red lilies are starting to bloom so I thought I’d grab my handy mobile phone camera for a colorful, backyard, photo excursion. As you can see, we’ll have many more blooms before these plants are finished.
I decided to move this photo into Nik Color Efex Pro 4 and apply the Glamour Glow preset for a little variety. It’s amazing what just a few clicks and slides can do.
And here is the monochrome version of the first image, created with Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.