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One-to-Three Photo Processing Challenge

One-to-three is a monthly photo processing challenge on my other web site, theSquirrelChase.com. I’d love to have you join in: The challenge is simple: take one photo and get creative with it by processing it three different ways. Then share the results, with a link in the comments to this month’s post. I’ll do a start up post on the first of each month, including a round up of entries from the preceding month, so we can all share in the creativity and fun.

Here’s my May 2022 contribution:

This month I am experimenting with a new filter that I recently noticed in the G’mic plug-in to the GIMP: Paint with brush. I used it on my little bird last month, but thought it would be interesting to look at how it handles different styles of photos. So below I use a few paint with brush presets on a landscape.

How to get the looks above:

I used three different presets within the filter. The default settings, and the colored edges and dreamy presets.

G’mic is a plug in for the GIMP (and other programs I believe) with over 500 filters from basic editing to advanced and a myriad of artistic effects as well. The Paint with brush variation filters are in G’mic’s Artistic group. Filters>G’MIC Qt Then select Artistic and the filters.

This filter has seven presets, eight if you count the default settings. You can get very different looks using the one filter.

Also as part of this same experiment, I used with the same filter on a couple of different styles of photos. In my theSquirrelChase post I used the same filter with a dandelion seed head, a close-up with a lot of detail. And on Instagram I used a camellia, a simpler photo with subtle color variations and textures.

Challenge Background

Since having to isolate due to the pandemic, last spring, I’ve been doing a lot of experimentation with photo processing and I thought it might be fun to share some of the things I’ve discovered and see what others are doing.

I’m hosting the challenge on the other site to try and keep my WordPress.org skills alive.

Link to the One-to-Three Photo Processing Challenge.

One-to-Three Photo Processing Challenge

One-to-three is a monthly photo processing challenge on my other web site, theSquirrelChase.com. I’d love to have you join in: The challenge is simple: take one photo and get creative with it by processing it three different ways. Then share the results, with a link in the comments to this month’s post. I’ll do a start up post on the first of each month, including a round up of entries from the preceding month, so we can all share in the creativity and fun.

Here’s my April 2022 contribution:

I love this little bird we saw walking the dogs last weekend. It’s not a dramatic photo but the bird charmed me. It didn’t seem afraid of the dogs so I got closer than I often am able to and could use a wide aperture to get the feathers in good focus and have some bokeh in the background. Truth be told, even though I like the variations fine, I prefer my original.

How to get the looks above:

I hung around in the GIMP for this month’s experiments.

GIMP’s Waterpixels filter is in the artistic group: Filters>Artistic>Waterpixels.

G’mic is a plug in for the GIMP (and other programs I believe) with over 500 filters from basic editing to advanced and a myriad of artistic effects as well. Both the Paint with brush and Quadtree variations filters are in G’mic’s Artistic group. Filters>G’MIC Qt Then select Artistic and the filters.

Challenge Background

Since having to isolate due to the pandemic, last spring, I’ve been doing a lot of experimentation with photo processing and I thought it might be fun to share some of the things I’ve discovered and see what others are doing.

I’m hosting the challenge on the other site to try and keep my WordPress.org skills.

Link to the One-to-Three Photo Processing Challenge.

Artsy Magnolias

A powder paint composite of a magnolia. Artistic effect applied using the GIMP.
Magnolia

Inspired by Bren of Brashley Photography in some of her recent posts, I experimented with powder painting using the GIMP instead of Photoshop. While I’ve had some success, I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface of the technique.

For Cee’s Flower of the Day and Brashley Photography’s Floral Friday (yes, I am late. But I had to figure out how to do it!). I made a YouTube video to explain what I did:

Video showing how to do the Powder Paint method in the GIMP.

Seeing black and white

Amaryllis

I’ve been enjoying my amaryllis this week. It just came into bloom, I have three amaryllises from Christmases through the years that have decided to pop into bloom this month. After mucking about with daffodils in black and white earlier this week I decided to give the amaryllis a try for Brashley Photography’s Mid-week Monochrome. Also for Cee’s Flower of the Day (in color it was my flower for yesterday also).

As often I find, the black and white brings out the textures and the lines in the petals. For these pictures I used the GIMP’s built-in Desaturate tools. If you are interested in trying them out I have this article about the tools on my other website: Black and white digital photo processing using the GIMP.

One-to-Three Photo Processing Challenge

One-to-three is a monthly photo processing challenge on my other web site, theSquirrelChase.com. I’d love to have you join in: The challenge is simple: take one photo and get creative with it by processing it three different ways. Then share the results, with a link to this month’s post. I’ll do a start up post on the first of each month, including a round up of entries from the preceding month, so we can all share in the creativity and fun.

Here’s my March 2022 contribution:

I’m using the same African tree and marabou stork as I did on the Squirrel Chase site. The photo is from a trip to Masai Mara in Kenya from ten years ago. I took the image into Topaz to see what it could do.

How to get the looks above:

I used Topaz Labs products on this photo from ten years ago. First I used DeNoise AI to clean the image up a bit. Then I used some of the creative filters in Topaz Studio 2.

Challenge Background

Since having to isolate due to the pandemic, last spring, I’ve been doing a lot of experimentation with photo processing and I thought it might be fun to share some of the things I’ve discovered and see what others are doing.

I’m hosting the challenge on the other site to try and keep my WordPress.org skills.

Link to the One-to-Three Photo Processing Challenge.

Early morning waves and rocks in black and white

Early morning waves on Sandy Beach on Oahu
A big splash

Sandy Beach on Oahu really is sandy, but toward one end it has these interesting lava rocks. Watching the waves crash on the rocks is rather hypnotic. Even though the sunrise colors were very lovely I think black and white brings out the drama of the water.

For Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Rocks, Boulders, Stones, Lens-Artists Challenge: Water, and Brashley Photography’s Mid-week Monochrome.

I used a combination of the black and white tools built into the GIMP and Nik Collections Silver Effects Pro to create the images above.

One-to-Three Photo Processing Challenge

One-to-three is a monthly photo processing challenge on my other web site, theSquirrelChase.com. I’d love to have you join in: The challenge is simple: take one photo and get creative with it by processing it three different ways. Then share the results, with a link to this month’s post. I’ll do a start up post on the first of each month, including a round up of entries from the preceding month, so we can all share in the creativity and fun.

Here’s my February 2022 contribution:

This torii gate is a UNESCO World Heritage site on the island of Miyajima near Hiroshima.

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One-to-Three Photo Processing Challenge

One-to-three is a monthly photo processing challenge on my other web site, theSquirrelChase.com. I’d love to have you join in: The challenge is simple: take one photo and get creative with it by processing it three different ways. Then share the results, with a link to this month’s post. I’ll do a start up post on the first of each month, including a round up of entries from the preceding month, so we can all share in the creativity and fun.

Here’s my January 2022 contribution:

More of my variegated amaryllis. I may try to turn this into a Christmas card for next year so I’ve been trying out lots of ideas. Thing is, I like the flower so much that it always looks good to me, no matter what I do to it. Do you ever have that problem?

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One-to-Three Photo Processing Challenge

One-to-three is a monthly photo processing challenge on my other web site, theSquirrelChase.com. I’d love to have you join in: The challenge is simple: take one photo and get creative with it by processing it three different ways. Then share the results, with a link to this month’s post. I’ll do a start up post on the first of each month including a round up of entries from the preceding month, so we can all share in the creativity and fun.

Here’s my December 2021 contribution:

This was a really fun little spot in Lyon: An old fashioned silk workshop. I have to say it was one of the places I never would have found on my own. Even though I am a bit of a snob about doing-it-myself travel, in this case being on a Viking tour was a great experience. I thought that the workshop was beautiful, and the silks were amazing.

I used Topaz Studio 2 for these.

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One-to-Three Photo Processing Challenge

One-to-three is a monthly photo processing challenge on my other web site, theSquirrelChase.com. I’d love to have you join in: The challenge is simple: take one photo and get creative with it by processing it three different ways. Then share the results, with a link to this month’s post. I’ll do a start up post on the first of each month including a round up of entries from the preceding month, so we can all share in the creativity and fun.

Here’s my November 2021 contribution:

Another one that was pretty ho-hum, but it represents the place well. (It was a pretty gray morning and I wanted to get all three of the pyramids but my back was against a wall (literally) and this was the best I could do. I liked that there were people walking along for perspective, and to make the place feel alive. I used Topaz Studio 2 for these.

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