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DPP: Part 3 ? Processing the Image: Exercise 14 – Creative Interpretation

The aim of this exercise is to make interpretations of an image for creative purposes.  The exercise calls for me to select and image which is open to different creative interpretations; I’ve done this, although I have to admit that I narrows down my selection to this final one with the first interpretation at the forefront of my mind.

Original Image

Original Image

Original Image

First Interpretation

First Interpretation

First Interpretation

I had in mind the tree and colouring of Pans Labyrinth – I wanted to create a creepy, dark, woodland setting.  This image from the film was used as a reference point in terms of colour selection.  I adjusted colour temperature, reduced saturation and applied local adjustments – including exposure gradients at the top and bottom to darken them, while it was lightened again on the right of the image before I used the burn brush to “shape” the tree towards the bottom left so it fades out more organically.

I think I’ve achieved the effect I was going for with reasonable success, though it feels a heavier treatment than I’d typically feel comfortable applying!

Second Interpretation

Second Interpretation

Second Interpretation

In this version I wanted to enhance the sense of decay in the image.  I’ve reduced the exposure slider, increased contrast and darkened the shadows.  I’ve also increased clarity and sharpness so the differences between surfaces are more pronounced.

I think again I’ve been successful in achieving what I set out to do; it’s not such a strong change from the original, but it does give a very different look.

Third Interpretation

Third Interpretation

Third Interpretation

With the third image I thought I’d play with black-and-white to create a “vintage” look to the scene.  Apart from the black and white conversion, I reduced the contrast, increased the green and orange sliders in the black and white mix in order to lighten them and applied some graining so it appeared to have an old, poor quality, print look to it.

It isn’t a great image in this regard, but it does help demonstrate how an image can be given a different meaning.

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