Thursday, September 15, 2011

Reinventing the Wheel


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.


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.

greta ann 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.

Anonymous said...

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