Gone Fishing

July 28, 2009
SOOC

SOOC

Cropped and Enhanced

Cropped and Enhanced

It amazes me how my Darling Daughter got these fish to pose like this. I think they were trying to suck up the coins in their pond.

The SOOC pic of course had date/time stamp, and by the time I cropped for that, all was left was to enhance the pic.

I wonder if these taste good with tartar sauce?


Wedding Flowers

July 28, 2009
SOOC

SOOC

Cropped and Enhanced

Cropped and Enhanced

What can I say? The only thing I did to the SOOC shot is to crop out the date/time, and balance the composition. God did the rest. I would have loved to see this shot done just after a soft rain with droplets of water on the delicate petals.

Simple photoshop quick fixes here, nothing fancy, but this would make a great greeting card….hm, maybe I should keep this one.


On The Rocks, Please

July 28, 2009
SOOC

SOOC

I could sit here all day!

I could sit here all day!

The top SOOC photo is really a good shot. By again deleting a few behinds of other people out of the right side of photo, and drawing the bottom up just a bit to release some of the white reflection, this shot balanced itself out perfectly.

Then just simple quick fixes did the rest.

My only question is this: The rocks are smooth, which indicate they came from a roaring river with lots of powerful waterflow to errod the rocks smooth. Like the Colorado River would make. So, will people understand the contrast of this reflecting pool. These smooth rocks are living out the rest of their life in tranquility. Lucky rocks.


Focal Point N Shoot

July 28, 2009
SOOC

SOOC

Recompositioned and Enhanced

Recompositioned and Enhanced

This particular shot was taken with the date/time stamp. Sometimes we just aren’t thinking straight.  It’s not like we are going to print these out or anything, so why save the date. I like the commercials with ALL the photos stored in the camera, it’s just handy right?

Anyway, the composition on this piece is awesome, but the horizontal balance could use a little loosing up. There are so many different shapes in the composition, that the formal and almost exact amount of sky, middle, and bottom makes this feel “locked” up. Luckily by cropping the date/time out, and a couple of rear ends of people on the right, it really loosened up the stiff horizontal lines making it flow much nicer. It also put the focal point, which is the “Ball Tree” just where it needs to be…the focal point! Ta! Da!

Enjoy. I might just make this one into a “canvas print” and hang on my wall. Oh wait, it doesn’t belong to me!!!!


Photoshop Magic on Flowers

July 28, 2009
SOOC (Straight Out Of Camera)

SOOC (Straight Out Of Camera)

Enhanced, Lifelike

Enhanced, Lifelike

I was jaunting around Facebook the other day, when I noticed my Darling Daughter put up some new pics of a place her BF and her went. That is the only way you know what is going on in their lives, right?  They were really pretty awesome pics coming from a point and shoot. Not only were they breathtaking, the composition and lighting seemed almost perfect. The day was a bit cloudy, so I think God’s natural filter, the clouds, helped a whole lot. And…well, they are both artists, so composition I am sure was not a mistake, they have good design eyes!

Having gotten Photoshop recently, I have been dying to try it out on some photos.  However, not having anything good in the way of pics lying around, I thought playing with her pics would be fun.

The first pic is SOOC (Straight Out Of Camera). Don’t know if this is a real term or not, but lots of the “photomaniacs” on forums use the term, so there it is.

The second shot is “PS’d”. Now my husband can’t tell muchdifference on these, but let me tell you. A flick of the click and PS the grandchild, and WOW!!! he can tell a difference. Although, I truly can’t see how our little BabyCakes can get any cuter than cute than cute!

Tell me if you can tell the difference. I can almost smell the second flower. Check back, as I will be posting all the ones I PS’d


Drama Queen

June 20, 2008

I did a recent post about mob grazing and in it had a fairly nice sized shot of the small herd of 150 head of cattle. Looks like more to me, but that’s just my opinion. Anyway, after some consideration, which I seldom do in this current retired state, I decided the original picture lookd dull and lifeless. I figured that a Drama Queen needed to always have drama, no matter what she does. So I started tinkering around with some fun applications in this photo editing program I have and magically before my eyes, my steed looked steedier and my grass looked grassier, and of course the beef looked beefier. What more could I say. So here for your enjoyment is the before and after of the mob on the grass.

dull and lifelessmob grazing 1

                 After…yum, fire up the barbie!