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Palouse Angel by Witta Priester

May 2021 - Palouse Angel

May 2021 - Witta Priester

Original

May 2021 - Witta Priester

Original 2

About the Image(s)

This photo was taken in 2016 and recently revisited. For many years, I have wandering through cemeteries looking for angels or other interesting monuments. This angel and its bucolic setting were a special find.

The start photo was taken on a tripod at f 7.1, ISO 100, at 230mm using a 100-400mm lens on my Canon 80D. This resulted in the soft background. I liked the photo, but it languished on my hard drive. Looking at it recently, I thought it needed more mood and some pop. Also, I was concerned that the photo was too much about someone else’s art.

In LR. I applied a free develop preset, this one downloaded from Trey Ratliff called Seafoam Memories; I quite liked the added colors. This was followed by several local adjustments (via gradients and radial adjustments) to get to the Intermediate photo.

BTW, I have a bunch of free develop presets and some I have created myself that I sometimes “walk through”. I use them as starting points to trigger a Develop path in my mind. They help me visualize a more evocative and interesting image.

The Intermediate photo was taken into PS where I used Topaz Denoise to smooth out the pixels. Then blank layer was created and filled with gold color; it was changed to the overlay blend mode and the opacity was adjusted. Also a photo filter layer (also golden) was added at 20 % opacity . Finally a faux sun was created, using a large, soft white brush on a new blank layer.

Back in LR, there was some more overall tweaking, as well as additional local adjustments on the angel, resulting in the final image.

 

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