Took an afternoon stroll through the national park and stumbled across some beautiful greenery.
Nikon D5300 Manual Mode 50mm Prime lens ISO 160 f 1.8 1/2000 RAW+Fine Instagram: @mitch_steed
You can see some shadows, but the image lacks a little depth for what I was aiming for.
I decided to decrease exposure in the corners using the graduated tool. I also used the brush tool to accentuate some highlights in the top corners. The greens weren't popping enough so I boosted the saturation to add more drama.
Decided to go for a high contrast black and white film edit. I used the flat B&W preset then increased the shadows and dropped on some film grain.
This time I wanted to play with vivid colours and change the leaves to something almost alien like. I jumped into the calibration and played around with the greens, then moved into HSL and moved the oranges and yellows right down by -100 in hue and moved saturation in orange up +66 and yellow down -7. I noticed when doing this that any leaves in extreme shadow had a desaturated look, so I moved the blacks down a little so it created a black and red contrast.
Overall I like the 3 edits and I'm really pleased with how easily your lessons translate into practical application. I'm super novice in DSLR photography and Lightroom, yet I feel like your lessons have quickly boosted my skillset in a very short time, super stoked :-)