Oh dear, the ice has melted!! For this week’s challenge I used the Liquify filter in Photoshop to melt the ice. I just have a few tips for using the tool:
1. Begin with a duplicate layer because liquifying may require some trial and error. I deleted the layer and started over a few times.
2. Select Filter >> Liquify.
3. Choose your brush size. I used 900.
4. Then start swishing around and voila!
Thanks to Robyn at Captivate Me for hosting the challenge, which has inspired me to try a few new things.
One of the many waterfalls I saw in Iceland, Oxararfoss tumbles a only short distance from its famous relative, Gullfoss, in Pingvellir National Park. This is my submission to Week 42 of the Monochrome Madness Challenge hosted by Leanne Cole and Laura Macky.
I found Iceland to be a uniquely gorgeous place. This is one of the many beautiful expanses along the Snaefellsness Peninsula in the western part of the country.
I went a little wild and crazy for my second entry in the December One Four Challenge, hosted by Robyn’s Fine Art.
This week, I experimented in the following ways:
1. I used the Color Replacement Tool in Photoshop CS6 to change most of the colors in last week’s version to brighter hues. This tool takes a sample of a color anywhere in your image and replaces that color with your chosen foreground color. I intentionally used a fairly low tolerance, which means the tool was more precise in sampling the colors and included fewer shades. I was able to see the difference the various tolerance settings made, which helped me understand the tool much better.
2. After completing the color changes, I sent the image to Photomatix Pro 5 for tonemapping, choosing settings that fused the colors together slightly while retaining a photographic look.
Now, to figure out what to do for Week 3!!
Originally founded in the 12th century, later destroyed and rebuilt in the 14th century, these abbey ruins and grounds are the resting place of a number of Scottish kings. The site, chosen by Cistercian monks in 1136, is located in Melrose, Scotland, near the River Tweed. This image will be my submission to Week 41 of Monochrome Madness, hosted by Leanne Cole and Laura Macky.
I am excited to participate in the December One Four Challenge, hosted by Robyns Fine Art. I enjoy doing abstracts and thought I would try some different effects with a photo of ice crystals that I shot in Iceland. Who can go to Iceland without coming back with a photo of ice!! For the first of the four photos, I made the following adjustments:
1. In the camera raw basic adjustments, I increased vibrance and decreased blacks.
2. In the camera raw tone curve adjustments, I decreased shadows.
3. In Photoshop, I increased saturation.
Next week, I will be experimenting with changing colors.
The graceful arches of the Kenmore Bridge span the gently-flowing Tay River in the village of Kenmore, Scotland. This photo is my submission this week to the Monochrome Madness Challenge hosted by Leanne Cole and Laura Macky.