In the last post, my photo, “Island” was converted to B&W by B&W conversion software, TrueGrain. This time, I will share how I edited the converted image. As I mentioned in the previous post, my inner vision I imagined was that the woods at the center was floating in the air, like floating Island. Now I have to make changes to achieve the concept.
At first, short grasses are growing around the island. I brightened this area to separate from the outer part (photo 1). By the way, I used “Curve” layers of Photoshop for this type of changes.
Next, I looked at the forest at the other side of the river. The forest on right side of the island is brighter than left one so I darken the right side to make even (photo 2). It is a subtle change.
Then although the river is visible, it is too white and not noticeable. So I darkened the river (photo 3).
Although the Island is main subject (center of interest) in this photo, the summits of the mountains are also an important element since they are acting as a complement of the main subject. So I wanted to enhance the edge (snow line) of the mountains. In this case, the brightness of the snow line was kept at same level, and the rocky aprt around the snow line was darkened (photo 4). It is subtle change but it is significant on print.
Lastly, a tree was too white so it was darkened.
Let’s leave dodging and burning process at this point and see what will happen if I apply vignetting (Darkening or whiting corners). Before this process, I usually crop an image to appropriate composition and aspect ratio. For portrait works, I often use automatic vignetting tool equipped in Adobe Lightroom or Nik Color efex. But for landscapes, especially this case, I manually added vinetting. This is the original just after cropped.
1. Left bottom corner.
2. Right bottom corner.
3. Right top corner.
4. I felt still not quite effective, so I darkened about 1/12 of the entire image from top edge.
5. I see texture on a mountain on the left side. I Do Not want to see the detail. So the area was whitened.
6. More vinetting on right top corner.
7. Then mild vignetting was applied at all corners by Nik Color Efex to add retro mood.
8. Still I did not see the impact of my inner vision so I added gradual neutral density digitally to darken the sky. Vignetting looks okay now. This is the result.
Hmmm…it is getting closer but I still the Island is not standing out as I imagine.
So I tried another trick. It will be next time. Stay Tuned.