I was out roaming the county yesterday and stopped off at Tolosa Vineyards. Unfortunately I didn’t stop for the wine, just for a few quick pics.
After playing with Dramatic Black and White, I wanted to blend black and white images with color like I sometimes do in photoshop. Check out this workflow.
1. Shot with ProHDR. I’m not happy with the weird color on the edge of the road and it needs a crop.
2. Snapseed edit #1. Add drama, selective adjustments, and crop.
3. Dramatic Black and White for the bw conversion. This looks pretty good and I wouldn’t mind stopping here, but I have something else in mind.
4. Import last 2 images into ImageBlender. Blend mode set to luminosity at about 65% opacity. You could also try overlay or soft light to get interesting effects. By setting to luminosity, the hue and saturation remain the same while the brightness is altered. I had this blend mode in mind because I wanted the vignette created in Dramatic BW to show up. It was a little strong for my taste, so I lowered the opacity to 65%.
5. TouchRetouch. There were some distracting elements that I wanted to remove.
6. Filterstorm. The noise in the sky needs to be reduced, even if just slightly. I also want to brighten the clouds and vineyard. To do that, I used a curves layer and pulled the midtones up slightly, then masked in the effect where I wanted it.
7. Snapseed edit #2. I want to put the finishing touches on it by adding just a little contrast to brighten up the middle of the image.