Stealthy Moth

I found this tree with mushrooms while out with a group of fellow hikers at the Elwood Butterfly Reserve in Goleta, CA a couple of weekends ago. Here is the original photo.

Original, unprocessed photo taken with the Olympus OM-D EM-5

Original, unprocessed photo taken with the Olympus OM-D EM-5

 

 

To begin this edit I started in Mirrored app and played around until I had an image that I liked.

A giant moth showed up!

A giant moth showed up!

 

 

I then took the saved image into Snapseed to rotate the photo and then for processing. I decided to use Tune Image to give it more “life”.

Tune Image settings:

  • Brightness: 30
  • Ambiance: -50
  • Contrast: 10
  • Saturation: 20
  • Shadows: 30
  • Warmth: 10

Here’s the result of the rotated/tuned image.

After rotating and tuning

After rotating and tuning

 

 

I had so much fun playing in Effects Studio the other day I thought I’d give it a try on this image. I started with “Blur & Focus” and used the circle to define the area I wanted in focus.

After using Blur & Focus

After using Blur & Focus

 

I then went into “Blend” and found what looks like “vector drawn” leaves.

Oooooohh, love these leaves!

Oooooohh, love these leaves!

 

I clicked on OK, then Done and found that I could take it back into “Blend”. That was a good thing as I had come across another image that I really liked – it looks like rainbow swirls! I now had two blends over my photo.

After adding two blends and making some adjustments to the sliders

After adding two blends and making some adjustments to the sliders

 

 

Next I took it into iColorama to blend and mask the original “moth” image with my new blended image.

After blending and masking the two images

After blending and masking the two images

 

It needed something to bring the whole image together. I saved my result, then opened up the resulting image. I then decided to see which Coherence setting I liked. It was 3/11 with Screen mode.

After Coherence 3/11 and Screen mode

After Coherence 3/11 and Screen mode

 

 

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.

Stealthy Moth - Before and After

Stealthy Moth – 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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