Landscape Photo Effects

Landscape Photo Effects - student project

This photograph was taken in Port Townsend, Washington, a quick ferry ride from Seattle. My close friend and I love to go on epic photography adventures in hopes of acquiring some amazing captures. We usually end up with the most "okayest" photos you've ever seen. Thanks to this class, I now have a few new ways of breathing life into our shots and making them fiercely more dynamic. 

Landscape Photo Effects - image 1 - student project

This photograph is the original photograph. It was shot with my friend's infrared converted camera. It has potential but not quite amazing yet.

Landscape Photo Effects - image 2 - student project

This is the "Faux Orton" version. I also did a few basic adjustments to contrast and shadows before I applied the Faux Orton technique. I felt like the little stone shelter needed to be the sharpest point in the photograph, so I took the eraser with soft edges and 50% opacity and erased out the blur over the shelter. Then I added the "Selenium" gradient map over it to give it a more sepia look, also adjusting the sliders in that adjustment layer. 

Landscape Photo Effects - image 3 - student project

In this version, I applied the gradient map adjustment layer using the photographic effects selection after I improved the contrast. I love how I casts a golden light over a mostly cool toned image. It completely transformed my drab original into something much more spectacular.

Thank you, Helen!