Thursday, September 15, 2011

Reinventing the Wheel

Twilight

What I've learned this week in Swan Dive is that I can take the worst image and turn it into something worth keeping. This tree shot was utterly pathetic. I loved this tree because of how big it was and how the bare branches were reaching skyward. (It's a winter tree-the original photo was shot in January.) When I got home and uploaded it, I discovered that the photo was a hot mess. The colours were way off (over exposure anyone?) and since I'd shot it with a failing digital camera, there were not one but two smudges on the lense that ruined the photo-one at the top and one in the middle of the branches. ARGH!

Just to prove my point, here's a peek behind the curtain:


Normally, this would be one I'd delete.

Fast forward to yesterday when I was combing through photos, looking for images to work with. I spotted this one and figured I had nothing to lose. Fifteen minutes of concentrated effort and I salvaged it!


 Indiana Jones

I am also amused by taking photos that were perfectly fine and finding new ways to reinterpret them. The possibilities are endless.

5 comments:

Seth said...

Stunning image. And very cool to see the before and after shots.

Carol Browne said...

Photo edits are so fun. I just love them and could spend HOURS - scratch that - I do spend hours just altering photos. So. Lovely.

Great photo of Indy! I love it.

Pilar said...

Very cool. What program did you use? It is amazing how tweaking a bad photo in PSE or another program can become a master piece.

g. said...

very cool L! glad you are having fun with Viv's class. and yes, i too can get lost for hours editing and tweaking photos! another addiction? ha.

Dave said...

Isn't it great how the most mundane pic can be saved! I love doing this myself...my iPhone/iPad apps are amazing! Your images are very cool!!