One Photo Focus – February 2016

After-Before Friday is an event which allows photographers to share their processed images, and, if they choose, their post-processing steps. On the first Friday of the month, all participants have the opportunity to edit the same photo in the “One Photo Focus” challenge.

It’s been a while since I’ve taken part, but I hope to be more consistent this year.

1/ First off, I cropped the image and filled in extra sky with Edit > Fill > Content Aware.  Then I added a Camera Raw Filter to darken the exposure and remove the highlight spot in the sky, which was produced by the sun.Screen Shot 2016-01-31 at 1.45.56 PM-2

2/ Something was still missing, so I added a moon.Screen Shot 2016-01-31 at 1.46.36 PM-3

3/ To create the illusion that the moon was behind the sails, I duplicated the lower layer, changed the blend mode of the duplicate to Darken, and added a layer mask.

Screen Shot 2016-01-31 at 1.47.11 PM-44/ I merged all of my layers and applied a Camera Raw Filter to increase contrast and clarity, convert to black and white, and add a blue tint.

5/ Finally I tweaked a couple of things in Lightroom and added a vignette.

Once again, the before vs the after:

I hope you enjoyed my edit!  I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions on the end result. Images from other contributors can be seen here.


18 thoughts on “One Photo Focus – February 2016

  1. I love, love, love what you did, Ashleigh! And thank you so very much for showing us how you did it. I definitely am going to visit PS and revisit your post to see if I can make sense of it on my own (as I have yet to get a handle on layers). I hope you won’t mind if I come back at you with some follow-up questions once I start to play around with this idea? Thanks so much for participating. I know everyone’s time is short so I am truly honored that you use a portion of it to be a part of 1PF!

  2. Great use of the moon, and I have definately seen the sky that blue on a full moon night. Glad you enjoyed working with my image 🙂

  3. Great idea to add the moon and the monotone effect. I really need to learn more about layers and PS. Thanks for the details on the steps you took to get the effect.

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