This week's image was provided by Jen of Mama Schell says. I totally love the feel of this image - it's like a scene from an Old West movie. I am actually imagining that after the stage coach pass, one character would enter the saloon and have some beer. :)
Since I envisioned the image to be something from an Old West movie, I decided to go sepia with my edit. At first, this wasn't my final image... but as I uploaded the images on my Flickr account, I decided to re-edit and add some textures.
The recipe for this image:
- Using the path tool, I made an outline around the stage coach (I also included the road), inverted the selection and blurred the background.
- Resized the image to 640x425. (GIMP has this auto scaling that resizes the image based on the size wanted so it would look proportionate. Since I always post images at 640px on the longer end, I just entered 640 and GIMP scaled it to 425px on the shorter end. Normally, pictures I share here on my blog are 640x480px).
- Ran the auto white balance command.
- Converted the image to sepia.
- Ran the Ancient Warmth script (levels I adjusted to my liking).
- Ran the Retro Active script.
- Ran the National Geographic script (I always use this on my images).
- Adjusted the curves.
- Applied two Kim Klassen's textures - "Chamomile" set to normal at 50% and "Canvas Back" set to divide at 60%.
- Flattened the image, gave it a pass of the unsharp mask tool and burn tool, before adding my name stamp.
Although I liked the first edit I created because it was sharp and bright and looked as if the image was taken just now, I liked my final edit more. I felt this edit was something taken from text books, and it somehow looked like an old post card.