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 three I began in Sagelight with a plug-in to smooth the image and then applied a median filter. In PS Elements 8 I distorted it using polar to rectangle and rotated it 90 degrees
I applied poster edges, liquified it and played with it and added soft focus to the ‘water’ areas. I continued to adjust using liquefy, vibrancy and dodge and burn to adjust colour, movement and contrast
I applied median filter again to the water to make it softer and more flowing and lastly, applied a canvas texture. This is the result for Week 3
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 3 – hosted by Robyn at Captivate Me