This is the photo I am going to use this month.
Each week I’m going to begin with some sort of distortion of this photo and see if I can produce an interesting and pleasing artistic image.
For week 2 I began with a polar distortion again, which I compounded by doing it twice. I rotated it 90 degrees and cropped it and did a zoom blur. Then I played with the threshold and colour. I added texture. I liquified it and played in the bottom half of the image. Lastly, I straightened the horizon. I used Sagelight, PS Elements 8 and Photoscape. This is the result for week 2
I liked the stark split of dark and light and decided to work with that. I cropped it and then used the power box controls in Sagelight to blend the light, added a soft focus, because I like it, and played with the tone blender controls. To give more balance to the composition I used the dodge and burn to darken the lower right quadrant. I intensified the blue and adjusted the other colours aiming for a nice balance. Using the vignette controls I practically blacked out the lower left quadrant and declared it finished, for this week. For me there is the sense of looking into the blue beyond, into a hidden galaxy.
One Four Challenge Feb Week 2 – hosted by Robyn at Captivate Me