Artistic: Red.

Shoot whatever inspires you. Red should be the focus of the image. Don't be afraid to be creative.

I was struggling to come up with something red to shoot for this week's challenge. And was avoiding the typical telephone box or post box shots (not that there's anything wrong with them - I just wanted something different).

We paid a visit to Yorkshire Sculpture Park on Saturday and one of my favourite pieces that's always been there as long as we've been visiting; is this lovely rusted door.

I wasn't so sure that this would be a good image for week three but I thought that with a little artistic editing it could be a good one for the red theme.

After a bit of tweaking; I'm really happy with the result.

How was it shot?

I'm still yet to sort out my Nikon D7100 so this image was captured with my backup Nikon D3200.

It's a simple handheld shot, Tokina SD 11-16 F2.8 (IF) DX II @ 11mm auto focus.

Camera is set to f/9, ISO200 shutter at 1/60.


I always bring my photographs into [DXO OpticsPro](" target="_blank) if only to use the auto correction features for camera and lens combinations. But this time, as it's an "artistic shot" - I used one of the Portrait presets and then adjusted the settings and disabled the vignette correction.

I exported the image and brought that into [Color Efex Pro 4](" target="_blank) and applied the "Contrast Color Range" preset.

The door sculpture already has an awful lot of detail in the lovely rusted red patina but using this preset really brought out the details in the door, as well as the wall behind it, and gives the image much more depth.

I then brought the image into [Adobe Photoshop CC (2015)](" target="_blank) and applied a little more vignette to the image.


Although I wasn't initially sure that this shot would be suitable for the Artistic: Red theme and I maybe wouldn't be able to make much of it; I have really surprised myself and learned that a really good image can be had with some editing in post.

I don't usually perform much editing to my images; certainly not in the more creative and colouring sense but this week's challenge has made me look at things a little differently and I'll be sure to keep these post editing options more in mind in the future.

I was tempted to change the color of the lightbulb above to red; but decided against as I didn't really want to change the image - just enhance it.

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