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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 September 2022 contribution:

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Mid-week monochrome skies

Mid-week monochrome seems like a perfect description of today’s skies. I took a couple of pictures while we were getting on the ferry and was curious to see how much difference switching to black and white would make

Ferry leaving the north end of Vashon Island.
Color
Same photo as above with GIMP's desaturate HSV filter applied.
Simple desaturation

Then I played with a more elaborate black and treatment:

Dramatic treatment using Nik

Looking in another direction.

Looking north-northwest from the Fauntleroy ferry dock in Seattle
Color
Same photo desaturated using the GIMP's desaturate with the luma method.
Simple desaturation

A more dramatic treatment using the Nik Silver Effects pro

Dramatic black and white

Since we had thunderstorms and a lot of rain the more dramatic black and white seem to suit the feel of the day. But my eyes did not deceive me: there isn’t a whole lot of difference between the color image and one that is simply desaturated.

A little later we got a little more light (and the power came back on!).

Skies over Fern Cove on Vashon Island.
Color
Same photo desaturated using the GIMP's built-in desaturate value method.
Simple desaturation
Same photo using the Nik Collection's Silver Effects Pro.
Dramatic treatment using the Nik Silver Effects Pro program.

For Brashley Photography’s Mid-week Monochrome.

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 August 2022 contribution:

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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 July 2022 contribution:

How to get the looks above:

I used the same landscape as I did on the Squirrel Chase, but for the above looks I used Topaz Studio 2.

One technique I used in all of them was to use a curves layer to dodge the white water. This is a simple way to add a bit of pop: Add the curves filter but don’t touch the curve itself, instead change the layer mode to screen, reduce the opacity of the layer to get the brightness the way you want it, then add a mask to the layer, invert the mask so it is all black then paint in the areas where you want the lighter color (or you can, as I did apply a luminosity mask and blacken the areas where you don’t want it). This works in Topaz Studio 2, but it can also be done in the GIMP or Photoshop.

For the first picture I applied the AI Remix filter. Then dodged, then applied a texture.

The second image uses a “look” that I created in TS2, then dodged it. My “golden angel” look includes increasing the clarity and brightening up shadows, then applying a couple of textures.

A golden angel in Paris. This image is available for purchase on Society 6 and Red Bubble.
The golden angel herself.

My third uses the TS2 Impression filter, the dodging and a border texture.

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 June 2022 contribution:

How to get the looks above:

The first is a tinted sketch effect using tools and filters built into the GIMP. A post describing how to do this is here: How to get a tinted sketch effect using the GIMP.

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 second is the Illustration Look filter in the Artistic group of G’MIC filters.

Variation number 3 uses G’MIC’s Morphology Painting filter.

This month I focused on using the GIMP and the G’MIC plug-in for it. If you are interested in trying out the GIMP and G’MIC you might find this page on my other web site useful: GIMP Articles and Tutorials.

P.S. These are the same techniques and filters on a landscape in the June One-to-Three on the Squirrel Chase.

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 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.