I don’t how it works, but if there’s a lull in the action, I’ll start editing through older work and come across an image, maybe not even that good, over exposed, busy, or has my personal favorite: insipid composition. Something in my subconscious seems to stop on the most unlikely image, at least it seems that way to me. But, after a little tooling around to see what direction presents itself, it starts to take shape.
Before describing the process, here’s the original:
Step 1 : Curve layer to darken globally
Step 2: Since the top of the image was almost blown out, I used Nik’s Color Efex Pro Graduated Filter, which is the only one of the graduated filters that allow us to affect brightness/ darkness of the upper and lower parts of the image. In this case, I brought the top down quite a bit and brightened the lower part of the frame a little.
Step 3: Applied 2 textures from the Belle Fleur Textures – Vista Bundle (Aged and Weathered Garden Ornaments Collection). The multiple textures are responsible for the, what appears to be, patchy light in the bottom half of the scene.
Step 3: I applied a layer of Perfectly Clear, which handles many adjustments, and is responsible for most of the punch, contrast, and sharpness of the image.
Step 4: Then went to Nik’s Silver Efex Pro for the B&W conversion, using the red filter.
Step 5: Using the dodge and burn tools in Photoshop to brighten and darken areas to increase depth.
One of keys to success in improvised music is the ability to trust in your subconscious and react appropriately to an ever changing dynamic. To a certain extent, I try to follow that same paradigm in choosing what to process. I’m constantly reminded of something Rod Planck said at a seminar many years ago, to paraphrase, when you stop at a scene, you don’t always see what your subconscious saw immediately. Sometimes, it takes time for your conscious mind to catch up.
Just a quick thought.
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