In 2009, while my friend was walking our dogs in the park, I was “stalking” a hummingbird with my camera. I would watch where it was flying to and from and when it left this particular tree I went and hid on the side where it couldn’t see me. It finally came back and perched on this little twig sticking out. I slowly moved my torso to the side of the tree and zoomed in with my 12x Canon S3IS. It stayed still long enough for me to get this photo
My first step was opening up TouchRetouch HD to get rid of the leaves on the right hand side.
Since I’ve cleaned up my iPad I was curious how iColorama would do. I opened it first and tried Style>Lighten, since lately that has been crashing my iPad mini, it worked like a champ! I chose preset 1/6 and adjusted the sliders:
- Length: 2.00
- Sharpness: 20.00
- Directions: 10.00
I saved the image, then hit apply before going into Effects>Blend where I blended the original photo with the Lighten(ed) photo using blend mode Soft Light.
I then was curious what using one of the Water-B styles would do…I liked it. I used Style>Water-B>16/16 with the following settings:
- Colors: 0.25
- Texture: 0.20
- Vibrance: 1.00
Then I created a mask inside the hummingbird as I only wanted the effect on the background.
It was time to blend again, this time I used “Average” blend mode and masked out the hummingbird.
I then opened up the saved image in Snapseed and ran it through HDR scape using the following settings:
- Filter Strength: 50
- Brightness: 40
- Saturation: 0
- Smoothing: 100
Next it went through the Tune Image module with the following settings:
- Brightness: 5
- Ambiance: 35
- Contrast: 2
- Saturation: 5
- Shadows: 90
- Warmth: -15
Next I decided to use the Center Focus module. First I positioned the blue dot where I wanted it centered, then adjusted the size of the area. Settings were:
- Blur Strength: 60
- Outer Brightness: -80
- Inner Brightness: 35
I was having a hard time remembering what app I used the other day, and after opening and closing several apps I finally found it…Effects Studio! I added two different lighting blends.
I was really liking the look with the background, but thought the hummingbird was way too light. I went back into Snapseed and ran HDR scape with the following settings:
- Filter Strength: 80
- Brightness: 20
- Saturation: 0
- Smoothing: 50
It still didn’t give me the results I wanted so I did a Selective Adjust.
Still not 100% happy with it I went back into iColorama and did a Blend; mode: Multiply and I masked out the background.
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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