A few years ago we were camping at McGrath State Beach. I decided to go out for a walk close to sunset and see what I could find. I don’t eat meat or seafood, so I have no idea what these remains are from…all I know is that I liked the way the sun lit them up. Here is the original, unprocessed photo taken with the Canon S3IS.
I started off in Snapseed and figured I’d try the Drama module…it did what I wanted. Settings were:
- Filter Strength: 80
- Saturation: 0
I knew I was going to add Grunge which would darken the photo, I decided to run the photo through HDR to really make the remains stick out. Settings were:
- Filter Strength: 65
- Brightness: 5
- Saturation: 5
- Smoothing: 0
I hit the shuffle icon several times, cycling through different Grunge settings until this one came up. Settings were:
- Style: 340
- Brightness: 0
- Contrast: 35
- Texture Strength: 35
- Saturation: 75
As for the actual texture I ended up using, I cycled through each of the 5 presets for a while, then came back to #1 and cycled some more.
I kept trying to use the Reflect+ app at the original size, but it kept crashing. I briefly opened the image in iColorama and chose the middle size, somewhere in the 2000 range, and saved the smaller photo. This time when I went to use it in Reflect it had no problem. I went through a few presets before finally deciding on Lakes 1/9. I also adjusted the sliders for Displacement (changed to 0) and Bottom Fade (also changed to 0); I then played around with the Blur slider until I liked what I saw.
I then opened the Grunge version in iColorama and went to Effects>Blend, clicked on the Photo icon in the lower right and opened the Reflect version. I then created a mask to give a more organic look to the reflection as I wasn’t crazy about the straight line between the reflection and the lit remains.
I was now ready to add my logo/watermark in iWatermark.
The final step was creating the Before and After photo in Leonardo.
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