Welcome back to Mandarin Orange Monday. I am going to enjoy looking at YOUR orange images and I am also excited about showing you MINE.
The Orange-ing of Blue Fish Point
Blue Fish Point is at North Head, Sydney Harbour. It is a short walk from Manly Beach, past very pretty Shelley Beach and up through a bush track until you finally arrive at this spectacular view. Down below is a popular fishing spot, around to the left a popular surfing spot and in the distance the beautiful Northern Beaches.
Once again I had a lot of fun playing with Photoshop. My aim was to increase the orange – of course- and decrease the saturation of other colours. I used Saturation and Selective Colour mostly. I also increased depth using a new trick learned from Rachel at It’s Challenging! First you duplicate a layer, then change it to Overlay and the apply the High Pass Filter.
In the third image I took out all colour except red and yellow and adjusted tones to give more contrast.
And then I had REAL fun. I selected what I considered to be the most interesting area – mainly because of it’s textures and applied both Poster Edges and Accented Edges filters. Using the Magic Wand I then selected the ocean area and filled it with Cyan. There I lightened it then using the Shadows/Highlights adjustments. Since I couldn’t decide which one I liked best – I kept both.
Finally I selected a new area and toned down the cyan so that it became almost monochromatic. I applied Poster Edges again which reduced it to a semi-abstract sort of image.
And now for the most exciting thing of all- I used a Graphics Tablet. I was given it as a gift by some very good friends. I have been playing with it and doodling and yes, I DID practise writing my name, who wouldn’t? I only used it a little in this series, after all I am very much a beginning with this new piece of technology.
I wonder if you can see where I used the Graphic Tablet pen?