Before & After: Bubbles in the Sand

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Oh, what charm this photo had, just waiting to be uncovered!

At first glance, the bubbles caused by an outgoing wave seem to be the star of the photo, and they certainly deserve the attention… but look a little more closely and you’ll realize that there just might be a co-star in this scene. Paging Bev Doolittle!

I decided that I wanted to lighten the overall picture and warm it up a bit not only to increase clarity for the viewer but also to help better portray the pleasant evening light that this photo was taken in. I started with a white balance fix, then tweaked the tonal levels in the photo. Next I increased the saturation of the orange colors.

I really liked the natural vignetting and decided to keep it intact. I finished off with a custom sharpening pass in Photoshop that really made the bubbles pop (pun intended) and emphasized the hidden visitor. Can YOU tell what it is?

The effects of my work:

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And the side-by-side that you’ve been waiting for:

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Do you want your pictures to change from “How??” to “WOW!”? I do post-processing work to help give your photos the impact you were looking for. Contact me through my website for info and pricing.


  1. Mills Family February 17, 2011

    Bree you’re work is so inspiring!! I love it. I wish I had photoshop. I want so much to learn more about photography. I love your blog!

  2. Ms. Bree February 18, 2011

    Thank you very much, Crystal. I appreciate you taking the time to comment!!