NO. 2 PENCILS

This morning I started to revisit my old photos that I have taken over the last year to see if there were any worthy images of editing.  Over the past two years, I have learned so much not only about the camera, but about Photoshop and Lightroom, so I wanted to put my skills to work.  These images are of something very simple – No. 2 Pencils – how mundane…how boring….or are they?  Sometimes an easy way to improve your photography is to force yourself to create a dynamic image from an every day object.

Something as simple as a pencil can make a beautiful, even dramatic, photographic image.   After importing the above four images into Lightroom, I tried to edit them differently in order to create fine art.

Removing the color along with the continuous lines of the pencils makes this image more interesting.

Removing the color along with the continuous lines of the pencils makes this image more interesting.

A minor crop adjustment, some straightening, and increase in saturation.

A minor crop adjustment, some straightening, and increase in saturation.

Increase in contrast and desaturated yellow completely.

Increase in contrast and desaturated yellow completely.

Cropped this image so the pencil takes up 2/3 of the frame, increased the saturation of yellow, orange and blue.  The contrast of the blue against the red, orange and yellow makes the image stand out.

Cropped this image so the pencil takes up 2/3 of the frame, increased the saturation of yellow, orange and blue.  The contrast of the blue against the red, orange and yellow makes the image stand out.