I started this challenge searching for a way to rescue an out-of-focus photo of a Burmese monk.
Week 1. Tons of sharpening didn’t do much except create an enormous amount of colour noise. The ‘drybrush’ filter in Photoshop got rid of the noise and I was able to sharpen it again, resulting in a photo that I wasn’t too displeased with.
Week 2. Who knew there were so many ways to go black and white? My hard drive is littered with rejects but when I hit on this combo of b&w with a texture overlay I finally achieved what I had in my mind. I can just imagine discovering this photo in an old box in the corner of some dusty antique store…
Week 3. This light-hearted version was done in the app Waterlogue, and the blurriness of the original doesn’t matter.Week 4. Trying to find a fourth way to deal with blurriness was a real stretch. Then I remembered that both the ‘Glow Look’ and the ‘Dream Look’ in the Photoshop Express deliberately blurred images, plus I was particularly fond of the ‘Glow Look’ when applied to anything Buddhist. (Buddhist ‘Glow’ in Myanmar.)
I wasn’t sure how it would work with my out-of-focus shot of a Burmese monk but I kind of like the effect.
Something else I’ve been experimenting with is new ways to display photos, so I decided to try the glow effect on a couple of other out-of-focus shots from the monastery interior.
More on Robin G’s One Four Challenge.