When we alter/remove/change the true color of an image, we remove some of the reality from that image. When we remove some of the reality, an image can look more artistic and more creative. Same goes for removing the sharpness.
That's what I did while working on the opening image for this post. The original is below.
For the more artistic image, I used the Midnight filter in Nik Color Efex Pro - which is part of the Nik Collection by Google. That collection, by the way, now only cost $149, which is a super deal considering that Color Efex Pro alone used to cost more than that. Read more here.
A quick tip on using plug-ins: the subject often suggest an appropriate filter or filters.
Explore the light,
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