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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

(Almost) WW #47 - Filter Experimentations

Experimenting again ... (this time with Adjustment Levels, Hue & Saturation, Photo Filters and other options in PSE6 for color variations) . You can click on the photos to 'biggify' if you wish ;--)

First is the original photo as taken with my Casio Exilim Digital camera (using automatic settings because I'm no photographer ... just a 'point & shoot' gal) on the road between Albequerque, NM and Flagstaff, AZ in August of 2007.

with 'normal color burn'
Adjustment Layer - Reds ... Hue 27 & Saturation 58
Hue & Saturation - Cool (80) at 86%
Hue 20 Saturation 27
Hue & Saturation - Deep Red 86%Hue & Saturation - Deep Emerald 86%Hue & Saturation - Red 86%
Hue & Saturation - Violet 86%
It's fascinating to discover the myriad of permutations of a single photo ... is it not? Which ones do you like and why?

Thought for Today
"Reality leaves a lot to the imagination." John Lennon


Unknown said...

awesome differences between each picture. Love them. My WW is up at The Cafe.

storyteller said...

Sassy Mama Bear – Hmmm … I just left a comment there … loved your froggy photos! Seems like I put the WW link on the wrong post earlier … but I’m #460 (as of a couple minutes ago) now. Story of my life it seems. LOL Thanks for dropping by. I’m doing what I can to catch up today after being away from home all day yesterday.
Hugs and blessings,

Wayfaring Wanderer said...

I like the first one best.....not because I'm a purists or anything - I'm not. I just think the colors are so pretty on their own without any added effects.

Dick said...

All the same but so different, nice post, thanks for your visit.

Anonymous said...

i love them all, but I am really drawn into #3 and #5. Not sure why, maybe the crispness of the colors and the way they contrast each other blue against red.

You know, since you are retired I think it could be okay if you had wine and cheese at 9am. Don't they do that in Europe? hee hee

Mom Knows Everything said...

Beautiful pictures and I love how you do them differently. I love looking at them!

Anonymous said...

These are all great!!! Happy WW my friend :)

Joyce said...

Original photo and 5th photo down are my picks. :) I think I like the 5th because there is a wee bit more red, but not a whole lot, in the landscape.

SandyCarlson said...

There sure are some wonderful variations here. The photographer/designer brings plenty to the table, for sure.

Mojo said...

At a glance, I'd vote for the second of the series. Twisting the dial on the reds deepens the blue in the sky and really makes the rocks stand up and be noticed.

But which one is "best" would depend a lot on what you were planning to use it for. And how.

At the end of the day, no matter how you tweak the color/contrast balance, it's a good composition, with good focus. Without that, you're starting with junk and that's invariably what you end up with.

Great shot, and great variants too!

Anonymous said...

Oh, wow. Amazing the difference. Great shot(s)!

storyteller said...

Wayfaring Wanderer – Actually, I’m inclined to agree … though I remember that the color of the landscape was more ‘reddish’ that in the original photo … not quite as red in #s 2, 3, or 5 however.

Dick – Yez … it’s pretty amazing how the click of a few buttons makes such a huge difference isn’t it?

Vixen – Thanks … those (along with the original) are my favorites too. As for considering ‘wine and cheese’ at 9am … methinks that’s a slippery slope for sure ;--)

Tammy – It IS fun to explore and share the possibilities as I learn about the various ‘tools & techniques’ available in Photoshop Elements.

Sue – I’m glad you enjoyed them and thanks for the ‘happy WW wishes’ too.

Joyce – As I commented above, I recall the landscape having more of a red tint than shows in the original photo … but somehow I didn’t ‘capture’ that color from my memory very precisely in this series. Hopefully as I acquire more knowledge about (and experience with) these ‘adjustment levels’ and ‘filters’ … I’ll be more successful in the future.

Sandy Carlson – Thanks. I’m certainly learning all the time as I experiment and share.

Mojo – Ah yez … you make several excellent points here, providing much food for thought as I endeavor to acquire and refine photographic knowledge and skill. Thanks for taking the time to comment so specifically.

Maggie – Your reaction ‘mirrors’ my own! Once upon a time photographers used all kinds of ‘filters’ on their cameras to create such results. How wonderful amateurs like me have such ‘options’ available ;--)

To all – I appreciate each of you dropping by and commenting on my photo experimentations here. Having a ‘forum’ to share and receive feedback like this gives me a reason to ‘practice & apply’ lessons presented in my PSE6 class … helping me ‘fix’ the information in mind for future reference. I hope you’re all having a lovely week.
Hugs and blessings,

Karen said...

I like the second one--I like how the red hue actually brings out and deepens the blue of the sky--and the ground seems more vivid, too.

Michelle said...

Fantastic shots. Such beautiful country side. My father lives in Colorado. The scenery looks very similar. I hope to visit soon.

storyteller said...

Karen – I like that one too … actually I liked several for different reasons … but the colors in it seemed the most ‘true’ to me somehow.

Michelle – Thanks! Actually it’s just one photo … manipulated with a variety of ‘filters’ as I learn to use Photoshop Elements. There’s sure a lot of beautiful country in this USA we inhabit isn’t there.

Thanks to both of you for dropping by and sharing your reactions. Hope you’re having a fantastic Friday!
Hugs and blessings,