Lens-Artists Challenge #134: From Forgettable to Favorite

For this challenge Tina has asked us to demonstrate how we use editing to improve an image. This was a fun challenge that took me out of my comfort zone. Usually, I crop the photo and I’m done. For this challenge I experimented with a few other editing techniques using Photoshop Elements.

The camellias are blooming and I’ve been trying to get a perfect shot of them. To focus on the flower I cropped this original into a square and applied the Watercolor effect. The finished image below shows the details of the flower and the rain drops on the petals.

On the left is the original of a Great White Egret in the salt marsh. I wanted a close up of the Egret so I cropped it before adding the Rough Pastels effect.

This last image was taken in Denali National Park in Alaska on a cloudy, overcast day. I replaced the dull sky with a brilliant blue sky to add more color and enhance the image.

Many thanks to Tina for this week’s Lens Artists photo challenge #134: From Forgettable to Favorites.

26 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #134: From Forgettable to Favorite

  1. Well done Beth. The Denali image is an excellent idea of how to deal with a dismal sky without going overboard. It looks entirely natural. And your camellia is gorgeous. They just about done blooming here.

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    1. Tina, thank you. Replacing the sky was a learning experience as I’d never done it before. I got the blue sky from another photo from Alaska. My camellias are late bloomers. I just planted two new ones and they are covered with blossoms.

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  2. Wow, Beth, nicely done on these edits! I’m like you, I crop and adjust exposure and color and that’s it! Your Denali shot is amazing with the change in sky! I have no clue how to do that. Love the drops on your camellia too!

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