Last Saturday I went hiking on the Lost Man Trail and then on Sunday on Chilco Mountain.
I recently decided that I would try to learn some GIMP. I found a nice, easy tutorial for doing split-toning in GIMP:
I tried it on this photo, taken at a viewpoint on the Lost Man Trail, which eventually leads down to the Mineral Ridge National Recreation Trail:
I used the colors given in the tutorial, and without any hiccups, here is what I got:
It gives an interesting effect, although I would say that the non-split-toned one looks better overall. I then decided to try it on this image of what I found out is Pixie-cup lichen that I found growing on a tree stump in the lush rainforest of Chilco Mountain:
I used the two colors #466009 and #191512 for this split-toned edit and here is what I got:
I don’t really like this split-toning on this image, so I decided to stop trying split-toning on other images. At least it got me to learn some more GIMP.
Okay, I lied. I tried split-toning on the image below of Pend Oreille from Ferragut State Park, a relatively short drive from Chilco Mountain, too, but I liked the effect even less, so I decided to not even show it. I decided to try another tutorial:
I wasn’t convinced of the results, but when I did the steps where I applied a Gaussian blur, duplicated the image, and used the Colors -> Threshold tool, I found that I really liked the look of the thresholds output:
I thought of using an overlay blend mode on top of the blurred and brightened layer and I really like the result:
I then thought that I could make it look a little more “natural” I could apply a degree of Gaussian blur to the overlayed layer. This was the output:
It think it looks really cool this way. It seems to evoke a sense of majesty, the ether, and mystery.
I was able to get good photos on Chilco Mountain other than the tree stump, but I have no major edits made on them, so they aren’t worth showing. I did however learn from the dark forests of the mountain that HDR would be helpful.