Sometimes you take a photograph and it just doesn’t turn out like you wished or envisaged… and when you get home and go to process that photograph you feel really disappointed. Up until recently I would discard these photos, but lately, since I have been using Collections in Lightroom, I have kept these photographs.
The above happened with this image….
I liked the rose… but the background spoilt it for me… so it sat there and I did nothing with it… until I thought what if I crop the rose and get rid of parts that spoilt it for me… so that is what I did.. and I ended up with this cropped version.
But still I didn’t like it… so I tried something I haven’t tried before… So off to Photoshop it went. I used the clone stamp tool and using the content-aware aspect of it.. I got rid of the green corners, and clone stamped until the background blended in.
Then I added a texture, did a few adjustments with the levels, added a vignette and changed the hue and saturation of the texture layer.
Once I was satisfied with the result I then took the photo back into Lightroom, added a radial filter… and added a graduated filter using the colour picker tool and sampling a lighter colour in the texture.
Finally I ended up with this picture… hope you like it.