Help From A Fellow Blogger
There is a phenomenon at work here on WordPress. It is a Twenty-First Century style community that feels very much like a Nineteenth or Twentieth Century rural community in which neighbors help neighbors. A barn-raising kind of community. I wanted to share an experience that I had recently with a blogger who lives in Australia. Her name is Leanne Cole, and one of her blogs is Leanne Cole’s Photography Field Trips. She is a professional photographer who is also skilled in the use of graphics programs to edit her photographs. She regularly has over a hundred visitors a day who come to her blog to discover the ways in which she utilizes Paintshop Pro and other programs to enhance and transform her photographs.
I posted this photograph as an epic fail in a post on The Fuzzy Foto. Following is the photograph.
I knew that the photograph had no real point of focus … maybe, no point at all. I knew it was a bad photo, but I had no idea what to do about it.
Leanne saw it on my blog, The Fuzzy Foto, and kindly suggested that I crop some of the sky to bring the end of the tracks closer to the top in order to draw the eye toward a focal point. I tried that in the next photo that I posted:
The photograph didn’t get any better. I was not pleased with this result either and was ready to declare it a total fail and forget it.
Leanne offered to work on the photograph for me. Here is her description of what she did and the result.
The first thing I noticed is that the image seemed quite dark, so I lightened it up with levels, and that made a massive improvement straight away. Now the next bit isn’t going to make much sense, but if you saw my tutorial on Monday, where I darkened the whole image and then lightened up a small section, that will help you to understand what I did next.
So I decided to darken the whole image,and I kept doing it until there was a lot more detail in the sky. I wanted to bring out those clouds.
Of course, it then made the entire image too dark, so I selected a the railway line with the lasso too, then feathered it at 300 pixels and then used the curves to lighten the railway line.
After that, I added a new layer and allied the image, then added a small amount of Gaussian blur. I added a mask and took the blur away from the railway lines and everything in between leaving it on the outside.
I cropped the image so there wasn’t so much space on either side, and I added some gradient to the top and the bottom through that list bit I love. I don’t know if others do.
That was pretty much it.
When I opened the email and saw the photo, I was amazed at the difference. I think the photograph is much improved. I am happy with the result. And, I am happy to know that bloggers here help other bloggers! This community has been unbelievably kind to me, and I am constantly encouraged and cheered by the support I receive from all of you!
Thank you, Leanne!