Monday, May 31, 2010

Mt. Rushmore - Before/After

I usually do not like to process my photos this heavily but for some reason, I liked the effect I got with this photo.

Mt Rushmore (97) ACR BLOG

Here is the SOOC (straight out of camera) version:
Mt Rushmore (97) ACR Orig BLOG

I used PS Elements 7.

- Opened the image in RAW and made corrections for exposure, contrast, vibrance and clarity.
- Applied two textures from ShadowHouse Creations:
     - "Ruffed up 7" in Hard Light mode at 75% opacity
     - "Tone Texture 4" in Linear Light mode at 100% opacity
     - Slightly masked out a little texture on the faces of the monument
- Slightly adjusted Saturation for the individual color channels
- Flattened, resized for Web, and converted to Jpeg

And here is a side-by-side comparison:

Mt Rushmore (97) ACR Txtr  b4 n after


Donna June 3, 2010 at 6:31 AM  

Pretty cool! I usually don't like to get too artsy with my photos either but sometimes a photo just begs for something more unique. I love what you did with this.

Can you believe I've never been to Mt Rushmore? I've been all over the world but seem to have seriously neglected the major landmarks in the USA.

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Stefanie June 3, 2010 at 6:34 AM  

Ooooh, I like it! It is such a well known 'scene'... love how you shook it up!

Heather June 3, 2010 at 6:39 AM  

Very cool edit!

Christy June 3, 2010 at 6:40 AM  

makes it look like a painting! awesome!

Courtney June 3, 2010 at 7:02 AM  

I really like your edit. I love applying textures from Shadowhouse. Nice job!

Brianna June 3, 2010 at 7:03 AM  

Totally unique and totally awesome!! I love what you did with this photo!

Courtney K. June 3, 2010 at 7:04 AM  

Love this edit! I love the clarity and the aristic touch!

Tara June 3, 2010 at 7:51 AM  

Love this edit...really brings something to the picture!

ThisMamaRAZZI June 3, 2010 at 8:18 AM  

ok - let me just say that I'm Canadian before I start my comment! I seriously didn't know that mount Rushmore was real!! I thought that it was something hollywood invented! lol! Your photo makes me want to go there! I'm such a nerd.

Julie June 3, 2010 at 9:35 AM  

Awesome. I love the texture and the colors..just great!

Tracy June 3, 2010 at 10:25 AM  

Very bold and cool!!! Love it.

Christy @ Life As Mum June 3, 2010 at 11:15 AM  

Very bold! It reminds me of a colored Linotype that could have been done when Mt. Rushmore was being constructed. I like it!

Gina June 3, 2010 at 12:00 PM  

Very nice...I grew up less than a 100 miles from Mt. Rushmore and so I've seen so many pictures of is nice to see one that I actually enjoy looking at. Your edit is fabulous!!! Nice job.

alicia June 3, 2010 at 12:53 PM  

OK, you MUST tell me how you did this. I was just there yesterday and got lots of pics. This is very cool.

beingzaraandzidan June 3, 2010 at 2:19 PM  

wow u have sure changed the pic completly. how did u do it?
Love it. great editing
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kbreints June 3, 2010 at 5:36 PM  

oh yes! This is fantastic. I think that these sort of photos SCREAM to be over processed! Love it.

Pixel Perfect June 3, 2010 at 5:48 PM  

The edited version is perfect for the shot!! Great job!!

lovingmylife June 3, 2010 at 6:39 PM  

Great edit and use of texture! I love it!



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