You can start with an image, and you can start doing things to it, and will never stop. Well, you have to stop some where. (I feel like I am channelling Dr Who) Something similar to that happened to me today. I picked the image I was going to work on for you today, which ended up not being the image I thought I would use. Here, just let me show you, oh by the way this is the original.
This was taken on Sunday morning. The sun was starting to come up, but not behind this. When I first looked at this image, I was a little disappointed because you couldn’t see any car light trails, but then I realised that the image is almost devoid of life, and well, it seemed very fitting then. There are people on the steps under the clocks, but not many. I realised that this is a real strange image, do you know how hard it would be to get a HDR without one car in any of the frames? This is a 3 image HDR.
So I started playing.
This is the image as it was going to stay. I really didn’t do a lot to it, I think you can tell that. I did some vignetting and, well, nothing else really. I think, if you can believe it, I quite liked it the way it was. I like the vignetting, and I think it has given it a little more depth. I don’t really notice it too much. I do love the colour of the sky.
Like I said, I was going to leave it at that, but it was early in the day, there was no hurry, so I thought, mmm, I wonder what would happen if I put a texture over the top and did some blending. Well, I couldn’t stop, here is what I ended up with.
There are about 4 different texture levels here. I kept laying them over the top, blending them, then adding another one, fading another one slowly. The image ended up quite dark, so then I had to use some curves. I don’t mind the final look, something different, let me know what you think.
It fun to just say, whatever, I’m just going to have a go. I always had the original, so it didn’t matter what happened to subsequent images. It is also a great to learn. Hope I see some experiments from all of you soon.