Photography

Photo editing: Photo file clean-up

So, I’m undertaking a major clean up of my photo files and I come across this – 1621 Calg airport 8x6

And I ask myself, do I really want to keep this?  Well, I should just take a minute and look see … so I brought it up in Sagelight, clicked on just about anything and everything that looked like fun and arrived at this … rather Indiana Jones and Temple of Doom-ish I thought.

Temple of Doom

Temple of Doom

Would I hang it on my wall?  Probably not.  Would have been good for a fantasy series on Frizztext‘s A-Z challenge :)

 My clean-up is going to take me a very long time.

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Horse Guards Week 4

Robyn at Captivate Me hosts the One Four Challenge – one of our own photos four different ways over the course of the month, on Mondays.

This is my photo for the month – it was taken during the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace in Stockholm.  This will be about searching for the images within the photo.  I’ll try to get four good crops out of this and then play with them in hopes of producing four interesting images from the one photo.DSCN4693 Kungliga slottet Royal Palace 8X6

I must admit I had difficulty finding a fourth crop.  My original hope was that I would be able to go to the four quadrants of the image and find something interesting.  However, the upper left quad did not pop anything so I returned to the bottom right for this last image.  My usual steps – adjusted the lighting and the level of detail after which I found I needed to sharpen the image a bit. I used the dodge and burn to push his companion into shadow.  DSCN4693 Kungliga slottet Royal Palace sl4 EYE2

So these are my four images from the one photo starting with the original and running in order through week 1 to week 4.

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Photo Editing: Layering for dummies

Stacy over at Visual Venturing hosts the After Before challenge and we all love her for it.  :)

Though I have looked at Photoshop layering a number of times I have never been able to get any joy; I’ve never been able to figure it out.  HOWever, a fellow blogger pointed me towards Pixlr where even I have had some measure of success.  I don’t know if I did this in the shortest number of steps, but I did it. I started with these two photos:

I made sure the images were the same size (because it wasn’t working for me when they weren’t).  First I played with the river shot in Sagelight, adjusting lighting and detail until I arrived at this:Raisin R 2 infrared SL bu_edited 8x6

I loaded this version into Pixlr.  Then under the tab “Layer” I selected “open image as layer” and loaded the image of the geese. With the move tool I positioned it and adjusted the opacity slider so it looked like this:

Raisin R 2 infrared SL bu bird sample

I didn’t like the white flare of clouds that came with the geese and so took the geese shot into Sagelight and used the clone tool to remove the cloud, and then layered the adjusted version over the river shot for this:

Raisin R 2 infrared SL bu birds again 8x6

Still some flare but I took this image into Sagelight and cloned it out, along with the geese in front of the trees. Also adjusted the lighting again, and removed the blue cast.  As a result of the layering the geese had a yellow tinge.  My fix for this was to use the threshold option in Sagelight which worked well.  This is my finished image.  Ta Da!  I actually layered something.

Raisin R 2 infrared SL bu birds again_edited 8x6

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Horse Guards Week 3

Robyn at Captivate Me hosts the One Four Challenge – one of our own photos four different ways over the course of the month, on Mondays.

This is my photo for the month – it was taken during the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace in Stockholm.  This will be about searching for the images within the photo.  I’ll try to get four good crops out of this and then play with them in hopes of producing four interesting images from the one photo.DSCN4693 Kungliga slottet Royal Palace 8X6

After adjusting the lighting for this corner of the image, I used the median filter again this week, then the cloning tool to even things out and tidy it a bit.

DSCN4693 Kungliga slottet Royal Palace SL 1 8x6

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Photo Editing: Day in the Park

I let the week slip away and left it too late to submit to Stacy’s After Before Friday but thought I would put one up anyway.

DSCN5129 Echo Dale 2013

This is my original image, taken at Echo Dale near Medicine Hat, Alberta.
The scene reminded me of Seurat’s painting…
A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

I work in Sagelight and I always start with adjusting the lighting and then I brought the detail way up to produce the pointillist look.  I provided more clarity to the centre of the image to draw the eye into the scene.  I adjusted the colours and used the cloning tool to remove the clutter on the left side.  I had to complete that tidy-up in Paint.  I also used the clone tool to fill in some of the sky holes that were distracting to my eye, particularly in the upper right.

 Day at the Park

DSCN5129 Echo Dale 2013

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Horse Guards Week 2

Robyn at Captivate Me hosts the One Four Challenge – one of our own photos four different ways over the course of the month, on Mondays.

This is my photo for the month – it was taken during the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace in Stockholm.  This will be about searching for the images within the photo.  I’ll try to get four good crops out of this and then play with them in hopes of producing four interesting images from the one photo.DSCN4693 Kungliga slottet Royal Palace 8X6

 Week two involved a lot of cloning.  After making my crop and adjusting the lighting on the horses,  I used the median filter on the background and then adjusted the shapes, lights and darks using the cloning tool. I liked the resulting effect with the blue above and the blurred movement around the horses feet. I then realized I needed to remove the rider from the horse since he was only half there and his tuba was a messy distraction.  I went back in again using the cloning tool and removed  the rider.  Now I have a horse with harness and reins, and no rider.  I cropped in a little tighter to make this less apparent and highlight the focus which is their heads.  And I’m stopping there.  DSCN4693 Kungliga slottet Royal Palace SL2 PAINT edit again crop 8x6

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Addendum

I got a perk-me-up this week.  I received a request for the use of one of my images.

April one foto focus paint age medfilter

This was from the One Photo Focus challenge sponsored by Stacy at Visual Venturing.  The original image was by Cee at Ceen Photography who graciously gave permission for its use.  Check out  Yesterdays with Giacomo Grassi on piano.   My original post is here.  Thank you to Stacy for hosting, to Cee for the original and permission, and to Giacomo for the request.

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The Horse Guards – Week 1

Robyn at Captivate Me hosts the One Four Challenge – one of our own photos four different ways over the course of the month, on Mondays.  (Yes, I’m a day late)

This is my photo for the month – it was taken during the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace in Stockholm.  This will be about searching for the images within the photo.  I’ll try to get four good crops out of this and then play with them in hopes of producing four interesting images from the one photo.

DSCN4693 Kungliga slottet Royal Palace 8X6

Week 1

Pretty straightforward –  I enhanced the detail, lightened the background so the guards stand out more and added light to the horses. Editing done in Sagelight.

DSCN4693 Kungliga slottet Royal Palace SL3 8x6

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Photo Editing: One Photo Focus Week 47

Lynne Ayers Week 47

Working from the original image as shown below, I inverted it, and then used the undo brush to bring most of ithe foreground back up.  What I left is showing as a sort of wispy mist.  I also added just a touch of a soft focus.

May one photo focus may shane 8x6

One Photo Focus is hosted by Stacy at Visual Venturing.

Check out the link to see how others edited the same photo.

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El Querandí

I love watching people dance the Tango and so, when in Buenos Aires, we took in a show about the history of the dance.  It was in  El Querandí,  a fairly small club in the San Telmo district, older, lovely wood paneling … this image captures the essence of that evening. dancing the tango in Buenos Aires

Weekly Photo Challenge: Motion

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ABFriday: Changing the Mood

This was an experiment in changing the atmosphere of an image.  To create the low lying mist I inverted the image and then using the undo brush on varying levels of hardness and pressure I reverted it back to the original.   I think my technique needs more practice but I found the results interesting. Done in Sagelight.

Hosted by Stacy at Visual Venturing

Lynne Ayers after Week 46

Original image below

Lynne Ayers before week 46

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Black and white

Black and White: Form and Contrast

Rainy day so I played.  Today I concentrated on composition over clarity, looking for pleasing shapes and contrasts and lines; looking at the images as art work rather than a record of a moment in time.   I made use of the median filter to remove detail from some areas in order to highlight other areas.  These are what I came up with.   The originals I worked from are at the bottom.  DSCN7337 SL BW 8x6DSCN7350 SL BW crop 8x6

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ABFriday: Venice

DSC00483 Venice Chiesa di San Salvatore edit SL2 8x6

Chiesa di San Salvatore in Venice

Stacy sponsors ABFriday at Visual Venturing

My original photo (below) was underexposed and overrun with tourists but the door to this church was magnificent.  I wanted to highlight it and play down the unavoidable people.  I cropped it, despite that wonderful lighting at the top of the door and then used paint to eliminate some of people.  I adjusted the light, and then adjusted the threshold.  I then went back in and brought the door back up.  There were probably some other adjustments along the way which I have forgotten.  You know how it is – try this, try that and then forget what you keep and what you overwrite.    DSC00483 Venice Chiesa di San Salvatore Campo S Salvador 8x6

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