Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Soft

This week Ann-Christine has asked us to show our interpretation of soft. The first thing that came to my mind was the soft pink petals on one of my Camellia bushes shown in the image above.

A dandelion, milkweed, and a foggy morning are other soft things I found.

Dandelion in a field from last fall
Silky soft Milkweed from last summer’s garden
Soft foggy morning this week

Many thanks to Ann-Christine for this week’s Lens Artists photo challenge #137: Soft

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.