One Four Challenge: February 2016

Still Life - Great Things Grow here-

This year Robyn from Captivate Me has changed this challenge somewhat – only 4 times a year and also every month on Flickr.  It is hard to find the time sometimes so just doing it 4 times a year on my blog is great.  So for this year I am doing all 4 edits on one post.  A little easier to follow my thought processes.  But it also means keeping tabs on what I actually do.  That is hard as I just go with how I like what I see.

I am in the process of beginning to organise my entry into a competition in June for our local fruitgrowers association.  Every year they ask for art works to celebrate their produce.  This year the brief is ‘Good Things Grow Here’.

I have an idea-

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This is for one entry.  At the top is a branch (I already have it and it is drying out in my garage).  Then I am going to have photos hanging from it showing the progress from blossoms through to the fruits hanging on the trees and then finally a still life which is what I have shown.

But I will be painting on top of the photos just to add a bit of colour.  So that meant processing the images.  This time I did write my editing down. I need to do this for every image so it is a better idea to keep track of what I have done,

Still Life - Great Things Grow here 1st Edit-

I knew that my final edit will lose a lot of detail so for my first edit I used the Nik HDR filter and then went to Colour Efex Pro 4 to add a glamour glow and sunlight filter to bring out the shine on the fruit and glass.

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Then I added the Summer Days filter from Topaz for the second edit.

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Then I went to Illustrator to add another inner glow filter and the conte crayon filter to make it monochrome.

Final Version-

And here is my final edit.  The scratched bronze filter from Topaz.

For the actual painting I will add the colour to the fruit and glass to make it stand out.

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Check out this great challenge over at Robyn’s blog

https://robynsfineart.wordpress.com/category/one-four-challenge/

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One Photo Focus: May

Raewyn's Photos

This is a great challenge to flex our editing muscles.  Every month Stacy from Visual Venturing gives us all the same photo to see what we all come up with.

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This was the original photo by Shane Francescut of The Weekly Minute.

 I tried quite a few edits in Photoshop.  Initially I altered the exposure and tried to focus on the tree and house behind it.  But I wasn’t happy with it.  So I focused on the seesaw in the front.  Then I went to the preset filters and came up with my final image.  To be honest I am not completely sure how I arrived at this final image.  I am so focused on what I am doing that I forget to write my progress.  So please forgive me.

Have a look at some other awesome edits.  It is interesting seeing all the different versions.

ABFriday Week 47: May One Photo Focus

https://marshaleith.wordpress.com/2015/05/01/onephotofocus-for-may/

ABFriday: One Photo Focus

https://robynsfineart.wordpress.com/2015/05/02/ab-friday-one-photo-focus-may/

https://aperture64.wordpress.com/2015/05/01/apocalypse-urban-city/

https://emiliopasquale.wordpress.com/2015/05/01/abfriday-week-47-may-one-photo-focus/

Thanks for visiting.

Copyright Raewyn Forbes

Steve’s Snap &Zap: Autumn Leaves

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Good morning from another sunny and calmer Hastings.

The theme from Steve for his challenge is song titles so I have chosen Autumn Leaves – appropriate for this time of the year for those of you up north.

Snap & Zap: Cigarettes & Chocolate Milk…

This song seems to be rather popular with new recordings every decade since it was first sung –

Autumn Leaves” is a much-recorded popular song. Originally it was a 1945 French song “Les feuilles mortes” (literally “The Dead Leaves”) with music by Hungarian-French composer Joseph Kosma and lyrics by poet Jacques Prévert, and the Hungarian title is “Hulló levelek” (Falling Leaves). Yves Montand (with Irène Joachim) introduced “Les feuilles mortes” in 1946 in the film Les Portes de la nuit.[1]

I won’t go into all the versions but you can check it out on Wikipedia.

My favourite is Susan Boyle.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autumn_Leaves_(song)

So the first image is the original.

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Then it was of to Snapseed for the nature HDR filter.

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And the old lens filter.

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Then I added a glow with the Photoshop Express app.

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Finally I added the vignette to give a more surreal look.

Thanks for visiting.

Cheers

Phoneography Challenge: Macro – Amarylls

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Good morning from another beautiful sunny Hastings.  It really is nice to see some sun for more than 10 minutes after last week’s miserable wet weather.

Time for Sally’s challenge for my IPhone 5S.  It is apt that tomorrow Apple will be giving us a new IPhone.  The camera should be interesting to see.

As I have spent a lot of time at my parents house I make use of my cellphone when my mother has interesting flowers.  This was the most gorgeous pink amaryllis.

So I have spent some time playing with different apps on the phone.  Sorry I can’t remember which ones I used – most of them are combinations to get the affects I felt were more interesting.

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I think this one was with SnapSeed as well as PhotoStudio for the frame.

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I think this was with PS Express and I inverted the colours as you can see.

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I definitely can’t remember this app at all.

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This was SnapSeed and possibly PhotoStudio.

It is so easy to get carried away with the apps.  For me it is like going into the Tardis – several hours go by before I emerge from it again.

You can check out this challenge at Sally’s post here:

http://lensandpensbysally.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-photo-challenge-macro-a-single-oak-leaf/

And other posts.

http://irisgreenwald.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-photo-challenge-macro/

http://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-photo-challenge-macro/

http://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-photo-challenge-macro/

http://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/phoneography-close-up-of-elderly-leaves/

http://completelydisappear.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/itsy-bitsy-spider/

Thanks for visiting.

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Cheers

Faithful Gardens

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Good morning from a cool but very sunny Hastings.

Yesterday ended up cold, wet and totally miserable so I spent most of my time on the computer honing my Photoshop skills.

One day, while out for my walk I came across this fantastic garden with poppies of all colours and sizes.  So of course the camera was busy.

I took a picture of the garden itself.

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Then I went through my photos, looking for well defined flowers that I could easily outline them to make them into embellishments.

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I wanted photo bright colours.  It is easier to cut out the flowers when the background is a lot darker than the object.

I used the main photo of the garden as the background.  I didn’t want the whole photo as the fence didn’t fit in with my garden theme.  The iScrapbooking allows you to fit the image to size, in proportion to the size of the page or to use the centre of the image which is what I clicked onto.  That got rid of the unwanted parts of the image.   I clicked several times to increase the transparency.  I wanted the background to be defined but the the main image.  I then arranged my flowers how I wanted and then added the text using the text editor.

As you can see I love colour and this all went well together.

Cheers and have a nice day