Thursday, June 16, 2011

Before and After--Relaxation

I am excited to have the opportunity to join Pixel Perfect's Before and After Blog Hop this week!  I think this is the third time I have participated in Monica's blog hop and I have fun every time I do it!

I have not put much effort into photo editing lately.  I think I may have found my groove as far as how I like to edit photos.  A simple unsharp mask and a bit of color curve boosting, and I'm good to go.  I've been keeping my edits pretty natural looking.  However, I do have fun going crazy with editing every now and then!   

I snapped this photo at my friend's housewarming party with full intent on editing it.  I knew the shot had a ton of potential.   


The moment I snapped this photo I knew what I wanted to do with it. I tried a few other things but in the end, I went back to my original idea:


I rarely crop my photos in ratios other than the original, but this one begged to be cropped this way.  I think the creamy black and white with the slightly rounded corners give it a soft, relaxing look.  What do you think?

Edited with Gimp, cropped and rounded corners with Photoscape:
1)  In Gimp I opened two copies of the photo. 
2)  The first copy I desaturated using "luminosity".
3)  The second copy I ran a "split-tone" script using the default settings.
4)  I then copy/pasted the black and white (desaturated) copy as a new layer onto the "split-tone" overlaying it as "multiply" 50%.
5)  I moved to Photoscape, cropped the photo as a 16:9 ratio and slightly rounded the corners.

I'd love constructive criticism if you have any thoughts!

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Carrie said...

that looks so relaxing! I love the edit!

Anonymous said...

I love the before and after. Great edit. Looks like an awesome place to relax.

Michelle said...

Great vintage look! I love it when you have an idea in you head when you take the picture and it turns out just how you intend. =)

Courtney said...

Nice! Certainly wish I was hangin' in that hammock right about now.

Mrs. Mommy said...

That looks like a great place to relax....I'd sure like to try that out some time ;) wink wink

em said...

ohhhh I love the edit!

Marla said...

Wonderful shot. It is quite relaxing. :)

Marla @

Brigita T Alvarado Photography said...

cute blog :)

Catharine @Bliss Photography said...

ok, you asked for thoughts...

The original photo is great. (although standing a little to the left would have put the hamock in full view vs. getting cut by the tree) This also feels a little to green/yellow to me. Maybe little red added may balance it a bit. Also feels dark to me. I had a little light in just to keep some detail of the trees. I like the rounded corners, nice.

Another thought on an edit may be a hazy 70's feel. just a thought. Have a great day! love ya!

Mama Monkey said...

Great edit! I had no idea Gimp was similar to photoshop.

Pixel Perfect said...

I am sorry my memory is terrible and I'm just now seeing this awesome photo! I love the straight out of camera shot. It's so clear. The edit is a great feel but seems a little dark. Overall great job!

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