Split toning with Sonel’s Corner and Unique So Chic

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Good morning from a windy Hastings day.

I love photo manipulation.  I have done photography for about 30 or so years.  While I lived in Austria I joined a camera club and got into it seriously.  Especially in the dark room.  I loved seeing images come alive and it was like going into a Tardis,  time didn’t matter.  Anyway I experimented with manipulating images with different papers and techniques.  This photo above is a self portrait.  I had loads of filters for my camera and the original of this was actually a photo of me at my sister’s wedding where I was her bridesmaid.  I just liked the way that I looked up just as the photo was taken.  So I used a macro filter on the lens to magnify it to make a larger portrait size.  It didn’t matter that it wasn’t sharp as I was going for a very soft look anyway.  The trouble with the dark room days is the time and paper used to get the right feel.  I used quite of bit of paper just to get the right feel.  Then it was sepia toned.  For the colour I used special photo paints to highlight the red.  As you can tell it was very longwinded and lots of wastage.  I entered this into a competition for the German magazine Fotomagazine and I came in 19th.  The brief was Nostalgia.  I based this on some old photos that my parents had taken of them just  after they got married where the photos were black and white but had been painted to give a coloured feel.  Actually the painting was really obvious, especially around the mouthes and eyes.

Fast forward to 2013 and digital photography and computer programmes.  What a difference.  What used to take days and lots of paper is now just a click and the images change before your eyes.  It is another click to get rid of the affects if you don’t like them.  Anyway I have just read  Amanda ♥ Unique So Chic‘s blog on split toning so I thought I would give it a go.  She has entered this photo challenge  at Sonel’s Corner.

I started by googling split toning and trying to follow instructions but I couldn’t manage to use the layers for some unknown reason so then I just used the colour enhancement tools from the top.  This way I was able to alter the highlights, shadows or mid tones without having to go through the individual layers.

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This is the first photo I tried to manipulate.

Blue hairsDon’t ask me what I did.  I just went by the look.

ShadowsBy accident I discovered that I could create a shadow affect of movement.

DSCF2461This is a native fern of New Zealand and I was interested in the highlights.

Green and brown fernWhich you can see here, I tried to make the fern really stand out from the background.

Two tone editing Again I just went by the look but wanted to keep the colours more neutral.

DSCF2750My third attempt.

Drops of rainsoft daisy

I went for two totally different looks.  The first photo really emphasises the raindrops while the second one they fade away a bit.

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My last attempt before I gave up for the night.

purple daisyGreen daisy

 

Obviously I focused more on a natural tone for the first one, while I pumped up the green for the second.

By this stage I was ready for bed.  It was fun though, I also discovered a lot more filters as well which gave some interesting affects such as this one.

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This one I think took the longest to get the affect I wanted.  Which was to really show off the lilac petals but fade out the background a lot more.  I love the fact that with one photo you can create so many different affects and actually completely different images.  Without all the chemicals and papers.  Soooo much fun.

Cheers and have a nice day.

 

 

 

Up with the sun this morning

A wonderful dawn

 

A colourful good morning from a windy Hastings today.

This morning I managed to catch the sunrise for the first time in months.  I normally miss it as I never wake up in time.  It had been windy overnight, and there is another bad weather front coming over the North Island so I woke up with the weather.  As I was opening my blinds I noticed some colour in the sky so just grabbed the camera and took off outside and I wasn’t disappointed.

I love watching the sun rise.  In the winter, although it is cold it is also later so that I don’t have to wake up at an unreasonable hour.  There is something special about watching a new day dawning and the colours that it brings.  My favourite photos are from last winter down at the duck pond at Cornwall Park.  Especially when it is icy and the mists rising from the water make for some really great photos.

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What is great about shooting sunrises is that even though the photos might be just seconds apart they are never the same.

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Just moving slightly changes the perspective and focal point of the colours as well.  These photos are shot towards the opposite direction of the sun rising.  This is what caught my eye when I got up.

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Going from portrait to landscape mode also changes it.

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I use the zoom a lot for sunrises as I love the way it really brings out the colours and also with these photos it plays around with the depth of field a bit.

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All in all it was an awesome sunrise.

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By this time it was starting to fade.

Cheers and have a nice day.

Raewyn