My usual approach to photo editing is to have a clear finished image in my mind before I start. I like to focus on this finished image to get it as clear as possible in order to plan out the change I’m going to make. Although the plans only jotted bullet points it helps reinforce the finished image in my mind.
This image is completely different.
Rather than planning out the finished result I just trusted to luck. I also didn’t spend any real time trying to imagine what it would look like when finished. In fact, it started off with me thinking the result would be a colour shot.
Here’s the starting image without any adjustment.
I can’t remember all the changes I made but it went something along the lines of the following:
- White balance and split toning to give the image a cold blue/green tint with a spooky feel.
- Change the contrast to give a dull matt feel to the blacks.
- Diffuser to soften the detail and make the fog/mist in the original shot more obvious.
- Add a crop and dark vignette to focus attention on the centre of the frame.
Nik Silver Efex Pro
- Conversion 1 on a new layer – selected a dark sepia preset from the list and then adjusted the tones to ensure the blacks don’t become too dark.
- Conversion 2 on a new layer – used the standard conversion as a base to then emphasise the lighter tones in the image. This included using the Colour Response sliders to make the green moss glow.
- Blended the two Silver Efex conversions together. Most of the image is from the dark conversion. The light conversion was them used to emphasise the highlights.
Overall, it was quite a bit of fun working like this. I’m quite pleased with the result but I can see some changes I would like to make in a future version.
I hope you like the image and have a great weekend.