The Lookout

After a spending a few hours up in Goleta at the Elwood Butterfly Reserve, a couple of friends and myself decided to stop in Carpinteria on the way back to take a look at the seals and walk along the bluff to take photos. I’ve taken several photos of this tree over the years  but never processed it like this!

 

 

First I cropped the image in Snapseed then I selected Tune Image and used the following settings:

  • Brightness: 35
  • Ambiance: -40
  • Contrast: 5
  • Saturation: 25
  • Shadows: 60
  • Warmth: 20
After Crop and Tune Image in Snapseed

After Crop and Tune Image in Snapseed

 

 

I used TouchRetouch HD to get rid of the leaves on the right side of the photo.

After removing leaves on right

After removing leaves on right

 

 

I only wanted to add some textures to the image so I decided to see what I could achieve using Mextures. I went through quite a few until I came across “The Hammer” by @TheJustinJohnston in the Fall Formulas. It gave the photo a summery/fairyland feel. The formula consists of 5 layers, one of which is “Blizzard” (Mode: Screen, Orientation: 1, Opacity: 45%) which I turned off. I also adjusted the Opacity on most of the other layers.

After applying "The Hammer" in Mextures

After applying “The Hammer” in Mextures

 

 

PhotoToaster is a nice app so I looked through the textures and in the 2nd set noticed “Bokeh” and “Bokeh II”. I decided on Bokeh II as it blended really nice with the colors of the photo.

After adding Bokeh II in PhotoToaster

After adding Bokeh II in PhotoToaster

 

 

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 Lookout - Before and After

The Lookout – 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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