Cosmic Hummingbird

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

Original, unprocessed photo taken with the Canon S3IS

Original, unprocessed photo taken with the Canon S3IS

 

 

My first step was opening up TouchRetouch HD to get rid of the leaves on the right hand side.

After removing leaves from the right hand side

After removing leaves from 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
Adding Style>Lighten>1/6

Adding Style>Lighten>1/6

 

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.

Blending original photo with lighten(ed) version

Blending original photo with lighten(ed) version

 

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.

Style>Water-B>16/16

Style>Water-B>16/16

 

It was time to blend again, this time I used “Average” blend mode and masked out the hummingbird.

Another blend

Another blend

 

 

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
After running HDR scape

After running HDR scape

 

Next it went through the Tune Image module with the following settings:

  • Brightness: 5
  • Ambiance: 35
  • Contrast: 2
  • Saturation: 5
  • Shadows: 90
  • Warmth: -15
After running the image through Tune Image in Snapseed

After running the image through Tune Image in Snapseed

 

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
After Center Focus

After Center Focus

 

 

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.

First blend

First blend

 

Second blend

Second blend

 

 

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
After HDR scape

After HDR scape

 

It still didn’t give me the results I wanted so I did a Selective Adjust.

After Selective Adjust

After 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.

After Multiply blend mode and masking out the background

After Multiply blend mode and masking out the background

 

 

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.

Cosmic Hummingbird - Before and After

Cosmic Hummingbird – Before and After

 

 

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

 

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

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