I have been dreaming of warm weather and tropical beaches. A friend gave me this shell from Mexico and it inspired me to experiment with different processing techniques. If I can’t be in a sunny place, at least I can focus on something that was! (And just in case it’s difficult to distinguish: it is a cross-section of a spiral-shaped shell, containing little rocks lodged within the curves).
In the top image, I used a Lightroom 3 (LR3) preset called Warm Glow. Next, I added some contrast with a filter from Nik ColorEfex Pro called Pro Contrast. Finally, I added a frame action from the CoffeeShop blog. I like how the processing brought out the bright colors that were hiding in the image.
In the following image, below, I used a LR3 preset called Color Creative – Cold Tone. I was pleased with the soft, dreamy quality it gave the photo.
I am not sure which I enjoy more: taking the picture or processing it. I lose all sense of time in both activities. There is something wonderful to be said for both.
How about you? Which do you enjoy more? Taking photos or tweaking/processing them afterward?