June 15, 2009

The Evolution of an Image :: Aliso Viejo Photographer

Or, how to spend too much time editing just one image too many different ways. And I'll even throw in a couple TRA recipes. And finish with an I Heart Faces entry, that of course, I'm ineligible to win as I'm a lucky contributor over there. :-) Let's just call this Multi-task Monday.

Here's my SOOC image. I like it. Lots. But it has some pretty hefty color casts that I'm not sure I can fix. Which, of course, makes it a perfect contender for b/w conversion.

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But first, let's try color:

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Here's my first sepia-ish b/w:

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Still playing around ... and a recipe:

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TRA Recipe: Old School Std 70% + Warm-it-up Kris 40% + Oh Snap 35%

And, perhaps my favorite, a cropped version of above:

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TRA Recipe: above recipe + B1tch1n B/W + Warm-it-up Kris + Contrast



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23 comments:

Billykidd said...

i love your cropped version too! But they're all great. I have a sickness when it comes to editing photos... I just can't stop! ;)

T~T said...

gorgeous!!

Heidi said...

I don't know what it is, but I really have a thing for color lately. I can't bear to turn very many photos in to sepia or B&W. All of your edits are lovely, but I happen to like the color best. :)

Julie Rivera Photography said...

Ah-ha, Warm it up, Kris, is a great idea for a sepia tone! I went with Boring Sepia, then had to work with it some more. Love the final product!

Lizzie said...

those all look so wonderful!

Leslie said...

btw.. that first color conversion is spectacular. really.

Yelena R. said...

Beautiful image! Thank you so much for posting the editing process!

Becca said...

Love love love them -- thanks for sharing your "recipe" too! :-)

tearese said...

that last one really focuses on the eyes! I love the sepia one, and like the one after it quite a bit too.

Katarina said...

These are beautiful. I really like the second from the end though. The muted colours seem to make the little boy come to life.

Elaine at Matters of the Heart) said...

He is such a cutie. Love the final version. Such a beautiful picture. Thank you for walking threw your steps.

Taylor said...

Sigh, love them all!

Sharon said...

Oooo... those are great! Thanks for sharing how you did it. You ROCK! :)

Rhonda said...

I always LOVE your photos. And though I don't often comment, I don't miss a post (since way before I heart faces.) Actually you are the reason I even found I heart faces.
Just wanted to says thanks for doing what you do here!

Josh, Steph, The Boys and Maddie said...

What great edits

The Greenfields said...

what a gorgeous photo. i like the second one the best b/c his eyes just pop! he is such a little sweetie!

Rachel (My Picture Perfect Life)

tiff said...

These are all so stunning, how do you choose?

Life with Kaishon said...

You just amaze me. I think that is a great question up there. How do you choose? When you are showing a family their proofs do you show them the black and white and the sepia and the color?

Kelly said...

beautiflly done!

~ shi ~ said...

it is like a language that I am unable to speak, but want to SO SO badly! someday maybe! Love all the shots..Shi~

theArthurClan said...

I need to write down your TRA recipes...they are so very cool! (Especially since it's YOUR fault that I purchased them in the first place...hee!) I am just amazed at how many of their actions I love and adore.

Amy @ Living Locurto said...

I can't decided between the last two! I love that vintage color, but the crop on the very last one. They are all so pretty. Fun fun!

Amy
Co-Founder
I Heart Faces

Lisa Webb said...

I love the color, i have an unhealthy love of that bright green it pulled out in the greenery behind him. I would have lightened the eyes up a little bit to. Love it! what a sweet kid!