Experimenting away with the new lens, and a little in CS6. I hopped on down to my testing ground for long exposures – Padley Gorge. I was there from around 0730hours this morning. The sun was up and still low in the sky and there was some cloud cover too; perfect conditions.
The Set Up
My camera is canon 550d (crop frame), the lens EF 17-40mm L f/4 USM. Exposure time 83 seconds (1m23seconds) with and ND8 filter and Circular polariser for the water blur or smooth water effect. ISO100, focal length 19mm, sunny for the white balance.
I also have my camera set on for noise reduction for long exposure. And my tripod – very crucial.
Post Editing Fun
The start image was colour
Before entering CS6, I carried out some work in Lightroom 4 for the colour adjustments, shadows, highlights etc. Warm the temperature up as the filters have left the image cool.
Here are the steps I took to create this tiny splash of colour and place it on monochrome background
To export from LR4 into CS6 I clicked photo, then edit in CS6 – it asked to update plug-in but opened up anyway
Magic In CS6
- Create new layer
- Deselect background image, and work on your new layer
- Zoom in on the navigator to around 200%
- Click the quick selection tool and set your brush size the suitable pixel size, I worked down from 19 to 1 eventually selecting the individual the leaves, and avoiding the pixels I do not want.
- Once completed your selection (you can zoom out to fit on on screen), then go into Layer, select New and select new layer via copy
- Then go back into your first layer (not the background), make sure you deselect the new layer via copy.
- Convert to black and white, then click your copied layer with the selected item(s) in my case the 6 leaves
- Then merge down layers this will overlay your colour selected items onto the black and white image.
- Hey presto, you have colour splash on your mono.
- Then, you merge visible layers and then flatten image
- Go to file and save
- This automatically re-imports into LR4 for your final editing, key words, water mark etc.
Some people like to save layers with names which is a great idea, if you have a huge piece you need to do. This is the quick and simple method, for just a small task.
You can save as PSD file if you need to go back later for other editing. Whatever suits you.
It is nice to have crack at Photoshop once in while and flex those arty – farty skills. In my case – limited Photoshop skills :).
Thanks for stopping by and I hope this post has been useful.
Please note the leaves were like that. I spotted the unique lay out after I arrived home to play.