I ran out of thread and a trip to the store in such a soggy, dark, wet day did not appeal to me at all. Yesterday Sweet Hubs and I had been out and about and I got some amazing nature photos. So today I used the weather as an excuse to indulge in cropping and uploading a bunch of photos. The new camera takes 10 megapixel photos, so I do crop and save them for web. It takes me longer than I ever think it will.
The walls in most of our house are a very warm French grey. My new camera loves taking photos anywhere, without a flash. However, the light was so low and the only available lighting in warm incandescent. The mum is pure white. So that gave me an excuse to play around with PhotoShop. I used the same photo and tried some color editing.
The original with its very warm gold color cast has been cropped. It looks more orange here than it did on my camera. What’s up with that? Or did I accidentally save the wrong one. Must have. It’s still on my memory card, maybe I’ll check it out.
In this one I tried to adjust the hue. I experimented with everything in the spectrum from hot pink to green and all the rainbows in between. The downside is the antique gold frame lost its depth and luster.
Converting to blank and white presented a photo of nearly all mid-tone greys and the photo was flat. It took a lot of additional adjusting of shadows, highlights, light, contrast to bring out the depth ad contrasts of textures of the frame, wall, flower and mirror.
A bit of overall lightening and then I removed the yellow of the chrysanthemum and replaced it with white.
Number 5 is the closest to the actual colors, but took the longest and most tweaking and color correction of all. I think I may have used almost every possible option to tone down the color and keep the detail intact.
I normally do not like to make any kind of adjustments besides crop. But this was such a simple composition it seemed like a good image to experiment with.
Which one is your favorite? Or perhaps I should ask which one do you hate the least, after all, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and there is no accounting for taste, even my own. 😀