One Four Challenge: December Week 4

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Wow, the time has gone quickly in December.  It won’t be long and it will be 2015.

And this is the final week for this challenge for this year and yes, I will definitely be back next year for this challenge and it is a great one for experimenting and trying out new ideas.

“Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here.”

Neil Gaiman

I love this quote as it really represents my approach to photography.  Most important  of all it is about enjoying what I do.

Anyway the first photo is for the final week.  After the third week I really didn’t want to do any more editing as I loved that image the best of all.  But I went to the Glaze app and turned it into an oil painting but I am not entirely happy with it.

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And here is the original.

And a slide show to show how the image has changed over the weeks.

You can find out more about this challenge here at Robyn’s blog.

http://robynsfineart.wordpress.com/2014/12/22/one-four-challenge-dec-wk-4-polls-and-januarys-challenge/

This challenge has not only helped with learning new apps, but I have learnt how to create a gallery, a slide show and a poll.

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One Four Challenge: December Week 3

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Here is my third part of this challenge for December for Robyn’s challenge and Captivate Me:

http://robynsfineart.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/one-four-challenge-dec-wk-3-2/

For this week I added some texture with the Distressed FX app with the Lily and Charm filters,

I have seen some amazing transformations with other bloggers and all their complicated work in Lightroom and Photoshop.  I don’t have either one of them so rely on apps which means I don’t have such control over the changes so I just go by how I feel about the photo. But it is a lot of fun for me and that is what is important for me.  It is magic to me and that is what captivates me (sorry Robyn).

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This was last weeks image.  As you can see I have added some warmth to the image with the charm filter.

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And the first week.

One Four Challenge for December Week 3

http://marshaleith.wordpress.com/2014/12/14/one-four-challenge-for-december-week-3-chicago-skyline/

https://bastet1952.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/one-four-challenge-wk-3-december-15-2014/

http://woollymuses.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/one-four-challenge-december14-wk-3/

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One Four Challenge: December Week 2

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We are now into week 2 of this great challenge by Robyn at Captivate Me.

http://robynsfineart.wordpress.com/2014/12/08/one-four-challenge-dec-wk-2-2/

http://marshaleith.wordpress.com/2014/12/07/one-four-challenge-for-december-week-2/

The top image is for week 2. I went to Photoshop Express for this edit and added a vignette and the Haze filter. It is starting to bring out the leaves from the background.

So as a comparison, below is the first week, which was edited in Snapseed.

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Steve’s Snap & ZapChallenge: Selfie

Original selfie (616x640)My hear sank when I saw the prompt from Steve this week.

Selfie.

Oh no

I hate selfies as they are so unflattering.  So I got my daughter to take this photo of me when I got all dolled up for my son’s graduation dinner.

It is time to move on from the selfie I have been using as it was before my marriage break up.  I did the usual thing and went and got a radical hair cut – I cut all my curls of.

So  I wont go into all the gory details of my editing to save an overload of images of my face.  I have narrowed it down to 2 photos.

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As you can see I got rid of the wrinkles and mottled skin tones and blacked out the background to soften my face.

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Then I used these great app that I found out through another wonderful blogger called Glaze.  Here you can find some more great photos with this app:

http://movethechair.wordpress.com/

It gives an oil painting affect and best of all it is free.  So I thought I would go for an oil painting.  I love watching the Antiques Road Show and look at all the portraits that are centuries old.  So here is my version.

So I am asking which version is your favourite.

The photoshop version or the oil painting.

Thanks for your imput.

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Snap & Zap: Let Me Take A 100 Year Old #Selfie…

For each Snap & Zap I will suggest a new theme so take a new photo or use an existing photo and edit it with any software you like, so…

  1. Create a new post showing the original
  2. What edits have you made?
  3. What software/techniques have you used?
  4. Link back to the current week’s page

The theme for this “Snap & Zap…” is Selfie.

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One Four Challenge: Week 4

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Welcome to this new challenge by Robyn at Captivate Me

http://robynsfineart.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/one-four-challenge-nov-wk-4-polls-and-decembers-challenge/

At her blog you will find out more about participating in this challenge.  It is about having fun with editing.  Which I most certainly do.

This first image is from Week 1.

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Week 2 was edited in Snapseed.

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Week 3 was edited in Photoshop Express with the carmine filter.

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And for my final edit I went to Distressed FX to give it some warmer tones.

And here is the original image:

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As you can see it has changed a fair bit from the original.

“Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here.”

Neil Gaiman

Here are some of the other great works of art to check out.

https://emiliopasquale.wordpress.com/2014/11/23/one-four-challenge-week-4/

https://bastet1952.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/one-four-challenge-week-4-november-24-2014/

http://woollymuses.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/one-four-challenge-nov-wk-4/

http://sillarit.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/one-four-challenge-nov-wk-3/

I have tried to add a poll so we will see if I am successful.

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Steve’s Snap & Zap Challenge: Lilacs

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This week Steve has asked for nature in his challenge:

For each Snap & Zap I will suggest a new theme so take a new photo or use an existing photo and edit it with any software you like, so…

  1. Create a new post showing the original
  2. What edits have you made?
  3. What software/techniques have you used?
  4. Link back to the current week’s page

The theme for this “Snap & Zap…” is Nature.

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So I found this photo of some lilac blooms.  I choose this one as the details are rather lost due to me shooting up towards the sky and the light blue sky fooled the sensors.

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So I added some drama in Snapseed.

Snapseed nature HDR (640x466)Then the HDR nature filter.

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And blurred around the edges to focus on the flowers.

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Then for a bit of fun I went to ArtWorks comic filter.

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Then my final stop was with Photoshop Express to add a spring filter to soften the comic affect.

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And finally I added a white vignette to really get rid of the unwanted leaves to the left.

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Snap & Zap: Trees

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Time for some more editing fun.

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Time for Steve’s challenge to see what I can do with this photo.

When I start to edit a photo I just go with the flow.  I use a lot of filters on my iPad just because I want to see where it leads me.  I have no idea what I will end up with and that is where the fun is.

So yet another photo taken at Cornwall Park.  Yet another reflection.  So lets see where I go with it.

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First stop was Snapseed, mainly to extract the photo so I can use it in other apps.  I added the HDR people filter for this image.  It lightened up the bottom of the image.

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Then the old lens filter to focus on the tree itself.

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Then onto Distressed FX  for the Ansel filter.  I love how it blurred some of the branch details in the foreground.

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And the vanilla filter – just because I liked the effect.

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Then I hopped over to Photoshop Express to add a silver filter.

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Then for a bit of fun I inverted the image which really focused on the tree.

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And finally onto my final image with the spring filter.

So I ended up with the strong blue colour again. But it gives a totally different look to the trees.  I have lost all the details around the top of the image to make it look like the tree has fallen down, instead of it being a reflection.

So, which image is your favourite.

Snap & Zap: When You Can’t See The Woods For The…

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Steve’s Snap & Zap: Droplets

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This is always a fun challenge by Steve.

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For each Snap & Zap I will suggest a new theme so take a new photo or use an existing photo and edit it with any software you like, so…

  1. Create a new post showing the original
  2. What edits have you made?
  3. What software/techniques have you used?
  4. Link back to the current week’s page

So for this week Steve has given us droplets to work with.

The first image is the original.

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So it was of to my favourite app Snapseed for the Drama 2 filter for definition.

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Then I added the fine HDR filter.

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Then I went to another really cool app – ArtWork for the comic filter.

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Then to PhotoShop Express for my final edits.  This one is the dream filter.

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Then the carmine filter.

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Then the vignette filter.

Droplets + PS Vivd (640x484)And a vivid filter.

Droplets PS + memory (640x484)Just so I don’t forget I added the memory filter.

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Finally I added the carmine filter for my final image.

Snap & Zap: My Disco Needs Me…

Today is also a huge day in Australia and to a lesser extent here in New Zealand.  Melbourne Cup day. A horse race which stops a nation, literally.  So good luck to all those with their workplace syndicates.

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Steve’s Snap & Zap: Old

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This is a great challenge from Steve. I love editing photos, just to see where it goes. I had to think of what to use for old. A selfie was out of the question. Steve used his old iPod.
Then I looked over to my china cabinet and found my oldest possession. A rather old battered vase that is conveniently engraved “Auckland Exhibition 1899”. I found it in the neighbours plot as the were building a house. How on earth it got there I don’t know. So I have had it for some 40 or so years. Even with all my travels I still have it. It is just like the leaning tower of Pisa – falling down more like it.

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With Snapseed I first added the Drama 2 filter.

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Then the nature HDR filter.

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Then the old lens filter.

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Then I headed to FX Photostudio and added the pencil paint filter.

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Then I added the vintage old photo filter.

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For my final image I added a glow.

Snap & Zap: A Trusted Old Friend…

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Phoneography Challenge: Nature

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Good morning from a warmer and calmer day.  Yesterday was very stormy all over the North Island.  We had a lot of heavy wind and rain again and a small earthquake in the afternoon as well which I didn’t feel, so it can’t have been a big one.  Auckland still has no power so I could well say it was a black Monday all around.

So onto something to take our minds of the weather.  Blooms always cheers me up.

It is the first Monday of the month which means it is all about our nature for Sally’s challenge:’

http://lensandpensbysally.wordpress.com/2014/10/06/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-photo-challenge-nature-her-softer-palette/

I take a lot of photos of flowers as you know and love to play around with the editing.  I have already used this first image on another post,  but wasn’t so keen on the editing so I had another go on my iPad with Tangled FX and I think I prefer this image.

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Here is another Tangled FX image.

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This was just edited with Photoshop Express.

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I have also used this image before but couldn’t resist added a border to it to focus just on the bluebells.

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http://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2014/10/06/theres-a-fungus-among-us/

http://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2014/10/06/phoneography-autumn-flames/

Thanks for visiting.  I will visit all your blogs tonight on my iPad – it is quicker with the app.

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