I really had a hard time with this challenge, because I’m not always sure what constitutes an unusual angle. So I found a photo I took last fall and hopefully you will enjoy it for Sonel’s Photo-Editing Challenge: Unusual Angles.
Here is my original. I wanted to capture the leaf hanging in mid air. So I used my Nikkor 1.8F 18.5 (50mm fixed) lens on my Nikon 1 V2 camera. I chose that lens because it is extra clear and sharp because I knew I would be cropping this image. This lens helps the keep the resolution.
Here are some of the basic steps I took:
- Since I am one who likes macros I cropped this to about a 1/3 of its original size, keeping it the 4×6 size and shape
- The biggest thing I did was blur the background so it looks farther away. Actually with the software I have I used face soften enhancement rather than blur…keeps it more natural looking in my opinion.
- I enhanced the leaf a bit and sharpened it up.
- I also placed a vignette around the outside which made the borders appear lighter.
- Placed the leaf in the center and placed it in the lower 2/3.
I hope you enjoy the results.
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