One Photo Focus October

It’s been a couple of months since I’ve had the chance to participate in one of Stacy Fischer’s One Photo Focus challenges. It feels good to be back.

This month, we received a photo from Michelle Lunato, a wonderful photographer, who provided this beautiful image for us to play with.


When I opened the RAW image, I made these adjustments first:

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These settings gave me this image:


I loved the sun flare, but wanted to add a little lens flare to compliment it. I used these settings in the lens flare filter:

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For instructions on using the lens flare filter on an “empty” layer, see this YouTube video.

So adding the flare created a nice, light effect:


I’ve been playing around with posterizing images lately, and thought this image lent itself nicely to some posterizing. I used these settings in the Photoshop Fine Art Gallery filter:

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I really like how the filter gives the image a more defined look:


Finally, I wanted to give it more of a painting feeling, so I added a blank layer filled with white and then used a fun eraser brush to “reveal” the image under the white layer:


I hope you enjoy my experiments. I sure did.

Stacy, thanks, as always, for a fun challenge. For more from this challenge, visit One Photo Focus: October.

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Click the image above for rules on joining the fun!


13 thoughts on “One Photo Focus October”

  1. Awesome edit! It is so much fun and I so enjoyed all the detailed description on how you got the final picture, which is wonderful! Thanks so much for giving me the honor of editing my picture on your blog. 🙂

  2. Oooh, love the eraser effect!! And thanks so much for telling us how you did it! I’m definitely going to add this to “things to try” in Photoshop. It’s always a pleasure to have you “play,” Nancy 🙂

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