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.
My computer had a bit of a moment while processing this image – as hard as it tried, my multi-tasking eventually got the better of it. As I was about to save my edit in Photoshop, it froze. I lost hours of careful editing, but managed to take a screenshot before everything closed down; so, in the end, disaster averted! The screenshot managed to retain enough information for me to complete my edit.
Immediately when I saw the image I knew I wanted to create a wintry scene; snow, fog, the works. I found this tutorial on YouTube which basically dictated my Photoshop workflow.
Close, but not quite yet what I was aiming for. So, I opened it up in Analog Efex Pro 2 (did you know that Google’s entire Nik collection can now be downloaded for free?!). I’ve never used any of the Nik software before, so a fair amount of experimentation ensued. In the end, I added light leaks, a scratched texture, a bit of bokeh and a white vignette which amplified the overall aged effect.
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.
10 thoughts on “One Photo Focus – April 2016”
Ssshhh don’t tell anyone but yours is my favorite edit this month. I LOVE the creativity and making it a snowy image! Well done.
Lol thanks so much Laura!
You’re welcome! 🙂
So glad you didn’t lose your work. I love your snowy treatment – wish I’d thought of it myself!
Thanks for the Nik tip.
Thanks Marie, it was definitely a heart-stopping moment!
Your edit has definitely made me cold. But it makes for a real nice winter scene. I really enjoyed what your did. Beautiful. 😀
Thank you Cee 🙂
Wow, wow, wow! Thank goodness for your foresight in taking a screen shot. It would have been an absolute shame had you lost this image. I just love it! When I have time, I will definitely be looking at the tutorial. Thanks for sharing, Ashleigh!
Thanks Stacy! 🙂
Hi, Ashleigh, you have another post up on strata of the self: