Thursday, December 2, 2010

Before & After

I've seen red leaves, yellow leaves and orange leaves this season..but this is the first time I have ever seen a black leaf.  I just thought it seemed so..strange..and out of place, even amidst all the color that has dissapeared into crunchy brown. 

This is my SOOC shot:


To get my finished image, I first auto-adjusted the color/contrast/levels in Photoshop.  I layered 5 textures onto my image (a mix of "vintage grunge" and "old paper"..all of which I found here), changing each layers "blending mode" to overlay and randomly adjusting the opacity 'til I liked it.  I then bumped up the contrast of the original image layer a little.  And then-voila-I went from a pic that was ok to an image that I really like. 

13 comments:

Sheri said...

Wow, what a beautiful leaf.

Ashley Sisk said...

I really love the way this photo pops now.

SarahinSC said...

Cool edit!

Sarah Halstead said...

Great edit.

Maura said...

Very nice! I have never seen a black leaf!

Fiona Designs said...

So cool - great edit!

Kristy said...

Great added depth! I'm you're newest follower!

Katie said...

I like your edit. But wow...a black leaf?! That's crazy!

Photo Freak said...

beautiful

Ewa said...

nice edit!

Amber said...

Ha ha, on first glance I thought the before was first... lol. Love the edit.

Mama Monkey said...

Gorgeous!!! What a unique leaf!

lisaschaos said...

Wow! I've never seen a leaf so dark, almost blue!