Photos: edited, unedited (149/365)

by Lee Santiva May. 29, 2019 570 views
Original photo, unedited

Original photo, unedited

The challenge was to only post 2 photos, but I couldn't decide what I liked best so there are 3 edits.

I'd like your opinion, please do use the comments to say which edit you liked and why or what else I could try...

The original photo was out of focus, by accident. The wild poppies are in full bloom and one night last week after work and shortly before sunset, I spent about an hour shooting the wildflowers which were growing across the street from my house.

As I was about to delete this blurry photo, I realized, hey, that would be perfect for editing, because focus won't matter!

First edit using Photo Express filter "Nature -> cinematic"

First edit using Photo Express filter "Nature -> cinematic"

I like the bold colors and blur of photo #2 plus it was just 2 clicks 😃

Second edit using Adobe Photoshop Editor "watercolor"

Second edit using Adobe Photoshop Editor "watercolor"

In photo #3, I don't like some of the blotches on the canvas, but overall I like the watercolor effect as an edit.

Third edit using Adobe Photoshop Editor "expert" -> I'd call it  pointillism style like Monet

Third edit using Adobe Photoshop Editor "expert" -> I'd call it pointillism style like Monet

In the final edit I went into expert mode and started applying various filters and effects and lost track of all of the different effects which I applied. My aim was tto emulate my favorite painter, Claude Monet and the impressionistic style of pointillism but I find it became a little too dark overall.

This was a really fun exercise! I hope there's at least one in the series which you like, if so, please let me know.

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Russell Smith 1 year, 10 months ago

I think my personal favorite one is #4 not that the others  are bad. Sometimes it is nice to take a photo like that and turn it into an abstract.

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Lee Santiva Replied to Russell Smith 1 year, 10 months ago

Thanks for letting me know and your explanation! it's very helpful

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Camellia Staab 1 year, 10 months ago

Personally I like #3. I didn't even notice the blotches until you mentioned them and then I saw them "only" smile The colors on #3 are less harsh to me and more subdued. I do like the background on #2, its bright and airy but the two poppies up front, because of them not being focused are hard on my eyes. I wonder what would happen if you did some softening adjustments just to the two poppies.

1 year, 10 months ago Edited
Lee Santiva Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 10 months ago

Thanks Camellia! My takeaway from your comment but also from the other blogs on today's topic is that it's better to selectively apply filters or effects to parts of the photo rather than over the entire photo unless I'm going for a complete abstraction ('4). Your detailed feedback was very helpful. Also the feedback on the colors fits to what others have commented, I'll have to look out for that. I got a new laptop but perhaps I need a monitor with color calibration.

1 year, 10 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter 1 year, 10 months ago

Well in this case ,I would go with the original or the last edit. I know you shoot Fuji so the greens are sometimes not natural,always to look out for. You can tone the colots a bit down or go for a highkey effect. Well done

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Lee Santiva Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 10 months ago

Thanks Peter, that is a really good reminder about the Fuji green, I forgot about that. That explains the popularity of the last edit since the colors are more muted

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