The Tree

I’ve decided to do things just a bit different from now on…I’ll be writing the blog post on my laptop and working on the photo on my iPad mini, at the same time, so I can give more detailed step-by-step instructions.

Today I’m working on an in-camera double exposure photo of a tree that I took while walking along the Arroyo in Simi Valley this past Saturday morning. It was overcast and looked threatening but we didn’t get any rain.

Original in camera double exposure unprocessed

Original in camera double exposure unprocessed

 

 

To start, I opened the original in Snapseed. I selected Drama and used the following settings:

  • Filter Strength: 75
  • Saturation: 0
After adding Drama

After adding Drama

 

I then selected HDR to see what that would look like. I used the default settings.

After adding HDR

After adding HDR

 

Next I used Grunge and hit the shuffle button a few times until I came across one I really liked. The settings were:

  • Style: 340
  • Brightness: 25
  • Contrast: 85
  • Texture Strength: 25
  • Saturation: 65
  • As for Texture, you can select one of the five you like, then hit the shuffle button to cycle through more textures.
After adding Grunge

After adding Grunge

 

I then used Selective Adjust to tone down the bright spot to the left of the trunk:

  • Brightness: -100
  • Contrast: 75
  • Saturation: 8
After Selective Adjust

After Selective Adjust

 

I went back into Grunge and used the following settings:

  • Style: 340
  • Brightness: 25
  • Contrast: 40
  • Texture Strength: 20
  • Saturation: 25
After Grunge, part II

After Grunge, part II

 

 

I liked the look, but thought it was a little too dark, so I opened the previous image in iColorama to play around. I tried Coherence (1/11, normal mode) first and really liked the stylized look.

After Coherence 1/11

After Coherence 1/11

 

I saved the result then went into Effects>Blend and used the saved image and the Screen preset. I also dropped the Opacity to 0.81. It brightened up the middle too much so I masked the branches and trunk and parts of the sky.

After Effects>Blend>Screen

After Effects>Blend>Screen

 

My last step in iColorama was Style>Edges>1/17 and Multiply mode which helped add some darker color to the limbs/trunk.

After Style>Edges>1/17

After Style>Edges>1/17

 

 

I was now ready to add my logo/watermark in iWatermark.

Adding my logo/watermark in iWatermark

Adding my logo/watermark in iWatermark

 

 

The final step was creating the Before and After photo in Leonardo.

The Tree - Before and After

The Tree – Before and After

 

 

List of apps used in this post and their links in the iTunes store…

 

 

Products used in this post (amazon.com affiliate links unless otherwise noted)…

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