It's not too bad of a photo, but I know that I could do so much more with it. Here's what I did:
The first thing I did was recompose the shot to match with the rule of thirds.
Next I did some cleanup to the background, getting rid of some stray pieces of grass.
Since I wanted Toothless to be the focus of the image, I sharpened him up a bit.
This step is probably really subtle, but I added some dust by the light source to add a bit of atmosphere to the piece.
While I had some really nice background defocus going on, I wanted to add a bit of bokeh as well.
Now that I had most of the touchups done, I did some basic color correction to make the greens really pop.
Something I did on this piece, since I was trying to tell a story, was add some widescreen bars to make it feel a bit more cinematic.
I also added a vignette to add to the cinematic feeling a bit. Plus I really like vignettes haha
And here's the final image! I added a lens flare to the image, whichI think really pulled it all together!
Well there ya go! Just a quick little look into how I edited this piece. Hopefully you guys like the finished product as much as I do.
Thanks for stopping by and as always enjoy!