You don't need me to tell you this, but I'm going to anyway. Having a camera with you all the time in the form of a smartphone is awesome. You see something worth shooting and you stop and do so.
Such was the case when I drove past the old brickworks at sundown.
Nice colours at this time of day. You didn't need me to tell you that either.
Straight into DistressedFX to give the sky some drama.
At this time, I felt that I wanted to remove what little texture appeared on the barbed wire, in an attempt to bring it out in the image. I also wanted to go to town on the colour and tones.
I used Superimpose to lay an image upon itself. I think I would have used my favorite "multiply" option. It darkened the image up and gave some richness to the colours, but I lost definition in the barbed wire.
To bring the barbed wire definition back (and reduce the texture on it) I flattened the previous two layers in Superimpose and then superimposed the original image on top. I masked it all out, except for the wire itself. I also increased the brightness of the wire layer from within Superimpose too.
The only problem now, is that the image looks a bit fake; like the barbed wire was from a separate image that was placed over the chimney tower.
I love this image. It's a genuine original. I cooked it up almost entirely on the phone, basically through intuitive play. I felt like I had invented a really good recipe. It started as a crack in a wall down the street from me.
This is basically what I started with - I may have played a little with the contrast and brightness first, but as you can see, it's just a crack in lightly-textured plaster. The texture was pretty important to this image too.
I ran the image through TinyPlanets. I'm already pleased!
Then I put it through ShockMyPic, to give it a little more definition.
Now, I need to introduce some colour to the image. There's several apps that you can do that with. 100 Cameras is one I like to experiment with occasionally. I didn't note which of the dozens of pre-set treatments I used.
It's getting interesting now.
There doesn't seem any reason to do the next step, it was just what I did when I created image. I put it through TangledFX. Again, I didn't note what setting I used.
I now felt that the circle needed to be broken. I used Repix for this. The "Daubs" stylus was used to selectively blot out areas on the crack circle. That sounds like a drug ring.
The dear, departed Laminar was used next. It had several features that were useful for deepening tones.
Sometimes, the pre-sets in Phototoaster are a waste of time. It depends on the image I'm using. Whichever pre-set I used (didn't record it) I got a pleasing, dramatic finish.
I don't know that there's anything technically good about this iPhone image. I like it because I like it. It was just about about the last frame shot in a location that I shouldn't have been in.
There's relatively little processing involved here.
Here's the original image. Not composed well and the golden beam of light is just plain annoying. I did like the reflection in the water on the floor and thought perhaps that could form a more defined element in the image if I flipped it upside down. That might also take the beam of light away from where the eye wants to go too.
I do my basic edits in Snapseed. Here, I have flipped the image, done the basic contrast adjustment and then played with the ambience setting (in "Tune Image"). Ambience is a fun setting to experiment with. I haven't yet come to terms with why sometimes an image benefits from an ambience reduction or (as in this case) an increase. I just do it.
Not entirely sure what I did next. Maybe a touch more saturation, by the look of the red chips. Whatever it was, it was done in Snapseed.
Just lately, I have discovered Oggl by Hipstamatic. Lots of fun to be had there. This edit uses the Loftus lens and Blanko Freedom 13 film.
And the final image is the result of taking it back into Snapseed for some Center Focus. The first preset is usually enough to produce a subtle and satisfying effect.
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