I just discovered an exciting new challenge to take one photo and edit it four different ways, started last month by Robyn G. of Captivate Me.
The photo I have chosen for this month’s challenge is of a monk walking through an open doorway in the Shwenandaw Monastery in Mandalay. This is my favourite shot of the monastery but my camera doesn’t work that well in the dark and this shot is out of focus compared to the others that were taken in areas with more light. Even with sharpening and more sharpening it was still too blurry. My challenge is to edit this photo four different ways in an attempt to turn it into something special.
This is the original after cropping, lots of sharpening and lots of retouching the colour noise caused by all that sharpening. This is my edited version for December Week 1. It has had Photoshop’s Drybrush Filter applied to it with the following settings: Brush Size, 0; Brush Detail, 10; and Texture, 1. After this I again sharpened it with a mix of Sharpen Edges and Unsharp Mask. Next week I’ll try editing it in a different photo app and see what happens.
For more on Robyn’s Challenge : http://robynsfineart.wordpress.com/2014/12/01/one-four-challenge-dec-wk-1/