Monochrome Strømsfoss

Here’s my entry for Leanne & Laura’s Monochrome Madness Challenge this week.

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Strømsfoss, Norway (click to see large version).

You can see my Adobe Lightroom settings & Adobe Photoshop layers in this gallery:

After I’m finished with the settings in Lightroom, I export the file and open it in Photoshop. This is my Photoshop workflow (see the Photoshop layers picture for reference):

  • In Lightroom I used a preset called Antique Light. I tweaked the settings to what you see in the “Lightroom settings” image in the gallery and exported the image.
  • Open the exported photo in Photoshop.
  • In Photoshop: The layer Background Copy is the one I work on. The layer named Background is the original, as it looked when I exported it from Lightroom.
  • On the background copy I used a low opacity brush and added some dodge & burn (in the corners, around the edges, on the trees, boats and their reflections).
  • The Old book cover layer is set to darken with an opacity of 50%
  • The 4 tape layers are set to multiply at 100% opacity
  • The grain & noise layer: I used the Paint Bucket tool to fill the layer with black. Set the layer opacity to 28% and then used filter – noise – add noise, ticked off monochromatic with uniform distribution at 16,5%
  • Then I added my watermark, file info and saved as a jpeg.

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17 thoughts on “Monochrome Strømsfoss

  1. This is a great post ~ thanks for walking us through the process, really like how your processing transformed the photo into something special. Wonderful work.

  2. It’s quite astounding to me what can be done to a rather plain image. You’ve made it a thing of real beauty and with personality too. I don’t have any affinity or patience for this kind of thing but I’m happy to admire.
    I took some shots yesterday in a spectacular location but because the light was very poor they’re a little flat. I idly thought to myself what could probably be achieved 🙂 It was at a glider station high on the Yorkshire Moors. Then the sun came from behind the clouds and all was right with my world 🙂

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