Post-Processing Magic

I was sitting in the backyard early one morning and noticed the light on the red hibiscus plant. It’s gone through some changes over the last few months, and not for the better (lost half of it during the winter drought), but it’s hanging in there.

This is the original, straight out of the camera.

Doesn’t look exciting, does it? But at the moment I took the shot, it was gorgeous! The sun was shining through the leaves, and it glowed.

How to make it look like that again?

Processing, of course. 🙂

After running it through Photoshop and Luminar, and using the dodge and burn tools, it looked like this.

I was pretty happy with that until I looked at it again and thought, “I can do more.”

So I opened it in Photoshop and rendered light effects. Haven’t used that filter for a while, so I had to brush up on it. The end result was too harsh, so I moved it into Luminar to soften the effect.

This version more closely aligns with how I remember it looked in the yard that morning: the red leaves vibrant and glowing in the sunlight.

I am happy with the result. I intend to experiment with the lighting effects filter on a couple of other photos. As you can see, it had dramatic impact, nearly wiping out the background while preserving the elements I wanted to keep.

See you next time.

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Fenraven happily lives in south Florida, where it is really hot most of the year. Find him on Twitter and Facebook by searching on 'fenraven'.
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