A Snowball’s Chance in Hell

Last year, after hiking at King Gillette Ranch, a friend and I stayed after everyone left and we went to take pictures in a garden area near the Visitors Center. I stumbled upon a building with a mat in front of the door that had several seed heads from (I think) a Sycamore tree. I got down on my hands and knees with my Olympus OM-D EM-5 camera and took some eye level photos. This is one of them.

Original, unprocessed photo from my Olympus OM-D EM-5

Original, unprocessed photo from my Olympus OM-D EM-5

 

 

With the seed head in front I knew I wanted some glowing lines within/throughout it. I could have used TangledFX, but I wanted to use only one app today, iColorama, and see what I could come up with. I started with Style>Lighten and selected 5/6. Other settings were:

  • Length: 1.00
  • Sharpness: 20.00
  • Directions: 5.04
Adding Lighten in iColorama

Adding Lighten in iColorama

 

One of the new features is Triangles, found in the Style sub-menu. I played around until I had a look that was pretty cool…if I don’t say so myself. 🙂 Settings were:

  • Preset 1/8
  • Size: 5.00
  • Circular shape mask for the seed head
Adding Triangles to the background

Adding Triangles to the background

 

While I liked the background I decided I didn’t want it to be so noticeable. One cool way to do that is in Forms>Deforms; there are 35 pretty awesome presets. I stopped at 17/35 and made the following adjustments:

  • Zoom: 1.00
  • X Center: 0.60
  • Y Center: 0.65

It was at this point that today’s title popped into my head.

Adding Form>Deforms 17/35

Adding Form>Deforms 17/35

 

While growing up I heard the expression “You haven’t got a snowball’s chance in Hell” quite a bit. I have no idea what it means, but I was close to being able to show my interpretation. I went into Tone> LUTS and used 103/121 while changing the following sliders:

  • Saturation:0.50
  • Lightness: -0.50
Adding some color by using LUTS 103/121

Adding some color by using LUTS 103/121

 

Recently, while watching an iColorama tutorial by Jerry Jobe, I saw what could be done with Effects>Noise, it’s not just for adding grain to a photo! I used 36/38 and adjusted the following sliders:

  • Opacity: 0.70
  • Size: 1.00
  • Lightness: 0.50
  • Blend Mode: Multiply
Adding Noise 36/38

Adding Noise 36/38

 

I probably could have continued playing around even more, but I think I made a wise decision in stopping.

 

 

I was now ready to add my logo/watermarkk 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.

A Snowball's Chance in Hell - Before and After

A Snowball’s Chance in Hell – 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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