Rose – November 1 Photo Focus

My interpretation of the rose still life by Julie Powell was created using Photoshop and onOne. I eliminated the dark triangle in the upper left and cloned out the canvas. I added a bit more cloth using cloning on a new layer and masks. Then I used a photo of mine of roses as an overlay on the cloth. Finally a bit of web.

Created for Stacy Fischer’s November – One Photo Focus

Rose Stil Life. Original by Julie Powell edited by Sherry Felix
Rose Still Life. Original by Julie Powell edited by Sherry Felix
Rose Still Life by Julie Powell
Rose Still Life by Julie Powell
Roses GV, May 29, 2016
Roses, May 29 2016

The Lobby – October 1 Photo Fucus

My version was created using Lightroom to straighten it, cropped it to put the focus on the room, and brought out the details in the shadows a bit. Then I used onOne enhancements and effects, added to layers with different blending modes in Photoshop. I wanted to give Y. Prior’s photo of the lobby of The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia, an old time effect without making it black and white. I added a photograph of my grandmother, Florrie James (ne Kennedy) taken when she was 18 years old, October 1, 1905, in Perth, Australia.

Created for Stacy Fischer’s October – One Photo Focus 

Lobby by Y. Pior edited by Sherry Felix
Lobby by Y. Pior edited by Sherry Felix
Lobby by Y. Prior
Before – Lobby by Y. Prior

Balclutha – September One Photo Focus

The rigging in Stacy Fischer’s photo of Balclutha, a full-rigged ship built in 1886 now in San Francisco, was quite a challenge to mask so that I could put in a different backgrround.

Created for Stacy Fischer’s  One Photo Focus, September 2016.

Balclutha built 1886 by Stacy Fischer
Balclutha built 1886 by Stacy Fischer
Balclutha edited by Sherry Felix
Balclutha edited by Sherry Felix

I made an animated gif showing 3 versions: The original ship, one with no ice, and then one with ice.

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London Mist – August One Photo Focus

London Eye by Robin Kent edited by Sherry Felix
London Eye by Robin Kent edited by Sherry Felix

Robin Kent’s original (below) was perfect. I straightened the Ferris wheel and darkened the sky in Lightroom. Then in Photoshop, added wisps of mist, and stars to make it mystical (above).

In 1956 when I was seven my mother and I moved to London. It was my job to light the coal fire in our flat at Queensborough Terrace, near Kensington Gardens. Central heating was not common then; therefore, London was a much foggier place. I remember fogs so thick it was hard to see a yard ahead. Coal fires helped create smog, a mix of smoke and fog. Yellow smog was tinged by the Sulphur in the coal. They were called “pea soupers”. The Great Smog of 1952 (Wikipedia) killed many Londoners. Dirty unwashed and untreated coals were eventually banned and smoke free coals and fuels used instead. Now central heating is the norm and fireplaces occasionally used to create ambience.

London Eye by Robin Kent
London Eye by Robin Kent

Created for Stacy Fischer’s August One Photo Focus.

Castle – July One Photo Focus

The original “castle” by Bren Ryan of RyanPhotography was dark (on purpose I’m sure) so first I opened up the shadows in Lightroom. I felt that the castle needed some breathing space and some interest in the sky. To do that I masked the castle in Photoshop and imported a suitable background of my own, taken in Panama 5/21/2014, to place behind it. I selected the water and duplicated it as a layer and stretched it to fill the bottom and stretched part of it to fill the area on the bottom left. I blended it in by cloning and masking then merged those layers. Lastly, I brought it into onOne for a few more adjustments.

Created for Stacy Fischer’s July One Photo Focus.

Scotney Castle, Kent by Bren Ryan with Volcan Baru background by Sherry Felix
Scotney Castle, Kent by Bren Ryan with Volcan Baru background by Sherry Felix
Scotney Castle, Kent by Bren Ryan
Scotney Castle, Kent by Bren Ryan

Boats – June’s One Photo Focus

In David Croker’s lovely origianl didnt need much. I changed the time of day and mood first by casting a golden glow and then adding a sky with a soft lightning bolt which I refected in the  water.

Created for Stacy Fisher’s June 3 One Photo Focus

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Boats donated for June 1PF – original by David Croker
June 1PF edited by Sherry Felix
Boats For June 1PF edited by Sherry Felix
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PS Layers used

 

Hotel – May 1 Photo Focus

After: Hotel by Julie Powel - edited by Sherry Felix
After: Hotel by Julie Powel – edited by Sherry Felix

To show it can be done, I took some extra time to remove the dead branches. Not 100% perfect but it will do.

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After without dead branches: Hotel by Julie Powel – edited by Sherry Felix
Before: Hotel by Julie Powel
Before: Hotel by Julie Powel

PS for hotel

I wanted to change the light and make it a bit more romantic. To do that I used two other photos, one of a sunrise and another of a flowery meadow. In Photoshop I masked parts of them off. I also used overlays; a photo filter to put a little blue back in and a warming filter. The screen capture shows how I masked the layers.

Created for One Photo Focus, May 6, 2016.

Robin AB Friday

Steps to create the after version in Photoshop:

  1. Black and White adjustment layer chose Infrared
  2. Warm photo filter 5%
  3. Hue/saturation adjustment layer Saturation +33
  4. Duplicate robin and mask the bird
  5. Red photo filter 25%
  6. Copy and flatten the layers for use in on!
  7. In on1 Effects (PS add-on) chose “Cans on Shelf” and save back to PS
  8. Underwater Photo filter 56% applied to the on1 layer.

Capture

After: American Robin, Central Park 4/18/2016
After: American Robin, Central Park 4/18/2016
Before: American Robin, Central Park 4/18/2016
Before: American Robin, Central Park 4/18/2016

Posted on the After Before Friday Forum week 83 on April 22, 2016.

Barn – One Photo Focus

I edited Cee Neuner’s photo of a barn donated for the April One Photo Focus challenge. After some Lightroom tweaks I brought it into Photoshop. I used spot healing, content aware fill, and cloning to remove the modern electrical wires. Then I used on1 to add a subtle antiqued look. After that I added adjustment layers in Photoshop; such as, color inversions, overlays, brightening and darkening, colored gradient, and grayscale. I converted a copy of the image layer to outlines and inverted it which created white outlines on the flowers to give it a bit of extra punch. I changed the color of the roof and brushed in a patina, added some early morning mist, and my final added flourish is the weathervane (open source).

Barn by Cee Neuner
Barn by Cee Neuner
Barn edited by Sherry Felix, source Cee Neuner
Barn edited by Sherry Felix, source Cee Neuner