This was shot using all natural light (it was in the shade on a very sunny day) and the camera was handheld with a 50mm lens. This plant caught my attention as I walked the canals of Venice, California — it was along the sidewalk behind the houses. The pattern was so very strong, and the colors so deep that I couldn’t pass it up. The water droplets on the plant were just icing on the cake.
Straight out of the camera — untouched.
I did a few basic adjustments to get the white balance correct and to bring up the contrast and saturation. Nothing very extreme though.
I found this beautiful lady in Venice Beach. She didn’t say much, but I think she was into me. Don’t let her distant stare fool you, she had quite the personality. Underneath of her “I’m sexy and I know it” facade, she’s screaming for attention. Because she is, after all… abused and ignored.
There you have it, straight out of the camera.
Minimal processing for white balance and exposure (using the “Auto” setting in ACR).
I used the technique from my “Redscale Process” described some weeks ago. After adjusting the curves, the blend mode was set to “color”.
Again, from the mentioned Photoshop technique. Opacity set to 20% and blend mode to “color”.
Added some contrast to make it a little more punchy. Blend mode was set to “luminosity” to preserve previous color adjustments.
Now if I could figure out how to create the same effect in ACR I’d be pretty clever.
Remember folks, we’ve got a Southern California photowalk happening on Saturday, February 9th. So if you’re in the greater Los Angeles or San Diego area, stop by for a while and take some photos with us.
It should be a good turnout — Bryan Villarin and I will be there along with John Watson from Photodoto. I’m still working on Ryan Goodman from CameraPorn, and I had Nate Ritter asking me about it earlier today. Looks like it’s going to end up being a blogger convention!