Glow WordPress Photo Challenge


My God I can’t believe it is over a month since I posted to this blog and participated in a WordPress Photo Challenge. Anyway one of the challenges I have missed is called Glow.  Now for me the meaning of glow is something bright.. the sun glows and casts light to enhance things.  Anyway going through my catalogue of images in Lightroom I came across this Chrysanthemum, with its glowing hint of yellow in its petals.

Chartwell Chrysanthemum

But I didn’t want to stop at just posting a photograph of a flower… I wanted to play with this image in Photoshop and one of the things I love to do is twirling.  After adding a few adjustment layers in Photoshop and radial filters and graduated filters in Lightroom this is the final twirled image.

Chartwell

But I didn’t want to stop there… so using the Topaz Impression Plugin for Photoshop I then added an oil paint effect… and once again added some radial filters and graduated filters in Lightroom plus a vignette.

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What I love about this is how the yellow just glows… giving that golden feel to the image… but still I wanted to play some more so I added a Powder Paint Effect to the image… using clipping masks and a powder paint template I purchased from Woody Walters.  Again after doing some enhancing back in Lightroom this is the final powder paint image.

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Twirled Chrysanthemum in powder paint effect.

You can see from the image below once you start changing the white balance in Lightroom to give the image a blueish temperature… the image becomes cold.

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Twirled Chrysanthemum in powder paint effect.

And it loses it golden rich tones which give the image its glow.  However what I do like about changing the temperature slider in Lightroom, to a more blueish tint, is how it affects the powder and speckles in the image.  And in a way there is when you look deeper into the image a certain amount of glow within the yellow elements of the artwork.

Playing around in Photoshop and creating artwork like above gives you the golden opportunity to play around with filters and effects… especial effects which affect a specific layer in Photoshop.

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Written by Bren (Ryan-Photography)

Bren Ryan is a female amateur photographer and blogger who along with her husband, Ashley, have created a photography blog called Ryan Photography which showcases the places they've visited on their photography journey. Bren and Ashley primarily concentrate their photographic skills on landscape, architecture and floral subjects. Based in the South East of England they hope to give their readers an insight into the wonderful and beautiful landscapes, buildings and places that the South of England has to offer.

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