Ever tried to get a good picture of a creature and all you get is a little face peering from behind some leaves in the distance? Well, all might not be lost....
My hubby took this photograph at a wonderful golf course in Hilton Head. The little critter was darting this way and that and to be quite frank we were not close enough. However, I thought it was such a classic picture of the little fellow I just had to try and do something with it:
The picture was pretty sharp and high resolution but I wanted to try and bring out some of the detail. The first step was to crop it in close to get rid of all the dead space around it. Then I used one of my favourite techniques to bring out the detail (see my YouTube video to see now it's done). I made a copy of the original photograph and applied the pen and ink method:
I then blended this with the original photograph using luminosity. Next I copied these layers to a new layer, turned off the pen and ink layer and decreased the opacity to 60% to bring back more detail from the original picture. Finally, I added a frame texture (from Shadowhouse Creations), upped the saturation and changed the levels using adjustment layers. This is the final result: