Strength of interpretation 2

Not happy with the results of the last exercise I have revisited it using a different image, one included as part of DPP assignment 1, taken at the Bristol Balloon Fiesta.  The original image had some sensor marks which I removed using the healing brush in Lightroom and then used the curves tool to create first a low-key and then a high key image.

Low key colour

Low key colour

This was clearly a much more suitable image for this treatment than the flamingo which I used in the first exercise and I think the difference has to be the plain background.

High key colour

High key colour





I started the black and white images in Silver FX Pro, just so that I could go and check how it had been produced.

Black and white high key

Black and white high key


I then applied a blue filter which made the reds in the balloons stand out and increased the whites slightly and was fairly pleased with the results.

Black and white low key

Black and white low key

The low-key black and white image produced some really interesting effects, to start with all of the sensor marks reappeared as did some I didn’t know were there, even though I had increased the image to maximum size when removing them.  I had found this in an earlier exercise when experimenting with infrared but if anything this was more noticeable.  I can only assume that the colour and light hides the marks so when that is taken away every blemish is revealed.  The Lightroom healing tool did not touch these marks and I had to clone them out in Elements once I have completed the low-key treatment. I could maybe have tried to pull out more of the highlights in the low-key image but overall I am much happier with these results.



About Anne Bryson

I live in Gloucestershire with my husband Iain and West Highland Terrier, Isla. I enjoy golf, photography and my grandchildren, not necessarily in that order! Having completed a 10 week digital photography course with the Open University in 2010 and wanting to take photography further, I enrolled on the Open College of the Arts BA (Hons) starting with 'The Art of Photography' which I thoroughly enjoyed. Next came Digital Photographic Practice followed by People and Place. In April 2016 I progressed to level two with Documentary and in June 2018 enrolled on my latest OCA course, Landscape.
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