Daily Image - Apr 2011 Archive - sonofjohan
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11 Apr 11.  A sure sign of Spring in my mind is the show put on by all the flowering trees, and in our local area the streets are lined with trees displaying flowers of all the hues of red and white. Of course the tree that first comes to probably everyone's mind is the cherry, and there are several species in full bloom. The image for today is of just one such but was taken in a bit of a wind, so it was a little trial and error to get something even moderately acceptable. As such I decided to work with something new this time and resorted to employing a couple of blending modes to assist in getting the lighting aspects properly balanced. Now I'm wagering that most of you have not used blend modes, so a bit about them. Tucked away in the upper left hand corner of the layers palette you find a small drop down box that provides you 25 different ways of blending two adjacent layers together. It might be easiest to think of it as a very advanced non-destructive way of dodging and burning your photograph which, when combined with a layer mask, provides for some very sophisticated control of the local brightness/darkness of any portion of the image. An excellent presentation of the subject can be found in Photoshop Focus Guide #88 Improve your Photos with Layers. The lighting for this original image was not the best, so with the help of two blending layers, plus some Gaussian blur on its own layer to remove the distraction of the background (the tree was in a parking strip directly in front of a building)  I came up with what you see today. It is not the strongest image I've ever shared, but it serves to illustrate what can be accomplished with blending modes by virtue of the balance of the lighting. I have intentionally left the image a bit flat (lowered contrast) as I prefer the pastel look in this instance. A single curves layer could easily add any desired contrast. ISO 200; 1/320 sec @ f / 10.

11 Apr 11. A sure sign of Spring in my mind is the show put on by all the flowering trees, and in our local area the streets are lined with trees displaying flowers of all the hues of red and white. Of course the tree that first comes to probably everyone's mind is the cherry, and there are several species in full bloom. The image for today is of just one such but was taken in a bit of a wind, so it was a little trial and error to get something even moderately acceptable. As such I decided to work with something new this time and resorted to employing a couple of blending modes to assist in getting the lighting aspects properly balanced. Now I'm wagering that most of you have not used blend modes, so a bit about them. Tucked away in the upper left hand corner of the layers palette you find a small drop down box that provides you 25 different ways of blending two adjacent layers together. It might be easiest to think of it as a very advanced non-destructive way of dodging and burning your photograph which, when combined with a layer mask, provides for some very sophisticated control of the local brightness/darkness of any portion of the image. An excellent presentation of the subject can be found in Photoshop Focus Guide #88 Improve your Photos with Layers. The lighting for this original image was not the best, so with the help of two blending layers, plus some Gaussian blur on its own layer to remove the distraction of the background (the tree was in a parking strip directly in front of a building) I came up with what you see today. It is not the strongest image I've ever shared, but it serves to illustrate what can be accomplished with blending modes by virtue of the balance of the lighting. I have intentionally left the image a bit flat (lowered contrast) as I prefer the pastel look in this instance. A single curves layer could easily add any desired contrast. ISO 200; 1/320 sec @ f / 10.

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