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.

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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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