Toying with selective colour while Mother’s Day goes on hold

I paid a visit to LEGOLAND Windsor yesterday with Helen and Izzy. I rattled off numerous pictures of this climer as they (is it a he or a she? I have no idea) neared the summit. When I got the images back home and had opened them on my desktop, I came to the conclusion there was only one way to enhance the picture and that was to highlight the model using selective colour.

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A LEGO climber nears the summit of a mountain. I tried various editing tricks to improve the image but eventually settled on using selective colour to make the model stand out.

The lighting conditions at the time were awful. It was very grey day and the image I had in my mind’s eye simply didn’t come through in the pictures.

I tried numerous things to improve the image. I changed the background, enhanced the colours and so on. Nothing would work.

In the end I thought I’d use the bright colours of the LEGO model to my advantage. I simply flipped the image to black and white and then used selective colour to highlight the model.

It’s simply a bit of fun and I think it works, even if this wasn’t what I had in mind. I have added the picture to the #MySundayPhoto linky hosted by the brilliant Photalife blog. At the bottom of this post you will see a #MySundayPhoto badge. Click on the badge and it will take you to a magical world packed full of photographs taken by other talented bloggers.

May I also take this opportunity to wish all you mothers out there the very best for Mother’s Day / Mothering Sunday (delete as applicable). It was once pointed out to me that we should celebrate anyone who has mothering responsibilities so may I extend that to grandmothers, aunts, carers, single dads, stay at home dads etc. I wouldn’t want anyone to feel left out!

We took the decision as a family to postpone Mother’s Day for one week so we’ll mark the occasion next Sunday. Mrs Adams is in Scotland with her own mother this Sunday.

Having recently spent a lot of time north of Hadrian’s Wall as a family, not to mention having missed several days of school courtesy of the snow, we didn’t feel we could all go to Scotland. For us, the big day will be in a week’s time.

Photalife

 

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21 Comments

  1. March 11, 2018 / 7:49 am

    I think this works brilliantly, well worth the effort. Freya really wants to go to Legoland, it looks like a lot of fun. #MySundayPhoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      March 11, 2018 / 9:57 pm

      Great to hea r you think it works so well Tara. It was a bit of fun, but also a bit of an experiment.

  2. March 11, 2018 / 8:06 am

    Such a great way to use selective colour. It certainly highlights your model.

    • John Adams
      Author
      March 11, 2018 / 9:56 pm

      Well it was such a grey day every thing just looked so drab. Done this way, it brings a bit of light and colour to the image.

  3. March 11, 2018 / 8:31 am

    I love the way the colour pops, good use of colour selection

    Thank you for linking up to #MySundayPhoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      March 11, 2018 / 9:55 pm

      Well I thought a bit of LEGO was ideal for this kind of thing. I like to think it works well.

  4. March 11, 2018 / 8:38 am

    Who is that man? Great choice of colour actually love the idea John very clever #mysundayphoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      March 11, 2018 / 9:55 pm

      Thanks Nigel. Just one way to make a badly lit image that tiny bit more interesting.

  5. March 11, 2018 / 8:48 am

    That works well. The LEGO person really stands out. #MySundayPhoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      March 11, 2018 / 9:54 pm

      That was my aim, to get him standing out! Glad you think it works well.

  6. March 11, 2018 / 8:49 am

    Hi John, I keep meaning to have a fiddle with this kind of editing. It’s worked perfectly to highlight your little Lego climber. I do hope they got to the top safely!

    xx

    • John Adams
      Author
      March 11, 2018 / 9:54 pm

      All these things take a bit of practice I find. Only really just getting to grips with colour selection but the background being one uniform colour, this photo was ideal.

  7. March 11, 2018 / 10:10 am

    It’s great that you took something that wasn’t quite what you wanted and still turned it into something. It’s certainly a pretty random one for #MySundayPhoto but that’s part of the reason I like this linkup.

    • John Adams
      Author
      March 11, 2018 / 9:53 pm

      Trust me, I’ve seen more randonm in this link up! Says more about my photo editing than my photography I think this one though.

  8. March 11, 2018 / 12:47 pm

    A fun image. In the thumbnail, I couldn’t see it was a lego figure! 😀 #sundayphoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      March 11, 2018 / 9:50 pm

      Ah, yes I guess it would look a bit different in the thumbnail. Trust me, it’s a LEGO model.

  9. March 11, 2018 / 3:43 pm

    I had to look twice to see it was a Lego man and love the vibrant colours. Hope Mrs Adams is having a good one in Scotland this week!

    • John Adams
      Author
      March 11, 2018 / 9:49 pm

      Rest assured, that sure is a LEGO model. I’ll know if Mrs A has had a good time in Scotland when I see her tomorrow.

  10. March 11, 2018 / 9:06 pm

    My eldest would be so jealous of you going to LEGOLAND. He is fascinated by the idea that everything is made from Lego. The climber looks great enhanced.

    • John Adams
      Author
      March 11, 2018 / 9:49 pm

      Gotta love a bit of LEGOLAND. I suspect your eldest would love it!

  11. March 12, 2018 / 5:41 pm

    That is brilliant. What a cool photo. Very well done xx #mysundayphoto