Challenge: Valentine's Photo (Expert Editing*)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm IS USM
Location: Madison, WI
Date: Feb 14, 2011
Galleries: Emotive, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Feb 14, 2011
|I saw some photos similar to this near Christmas on flickr, and I knew what I was going to shoot for my 365 project on Valentine's Day. Much to my surprise, this challenge comes up, so I get a 2 for 1 deal.
My setup included placing the candy canes in the snow, propping the camera on a tripod, and trying out dozens of different lighting styles. Unfortunately, mother nature wasn't playing nice, and kept the sun behind the clouds (I was hoping for a nice sparkly shot with a good shadow). So I had to get out my flash and a variety of different modifiers/angles until I got something I liked.
I'm no expert editor, so I'm guessing this may fall in the standings compared to what some creative people will come up with.
* White Balance
* Increase Recovery, Black Point, and Brightness
* Topaz Adjust
* Topaz Detail
* Increase Definition
* Increase Saturation
* Burn the shadow slightly to make it pop out ever so slightly
* Export as TIFF
* Resize to 800 px
* Sharpen Edges
* Save as JPEG
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