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Spring yellow

Forsythia flowers with a painterly effect that emphasizes light and shadow applied using Topaz Studio 2.
Forsythia

Forsythia is our indication that “spring is here”, in the case of this year, you might add “believe it or not”. I’m not sure it’s any warmer than it was in December!

I used the Chiaroscuro look in Topaz Studio 2. It makes the picture feel more how I saw it. The sunlight was almost blinding.

For Becky of WInchester’s Bright Squares and Cee’s Flower of the Day. Since today is Easter and the forsythia is yellow I’m linking to The Easter yellow prompt by Weekly Prompts.

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 and at the end of the month I’ll do a round up, so we can all share in the creativity and fun.

Here’s my April 2020 contribution:

How to get the looks above:

I’ve been experimenting with Topaz Studio 2. This week I’ve been playing with the Impression and AI Remix filter. The impression filter has an awful lot of options. Two of my three looks this week are using different strokes and textures. The third takes the second impression options and adds the filter called AI remix. The remix filter combines with a second picture.

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.

Iris in Black-and-white

Black and white treatment of a Siberian Iris.
I think this is a Siberian Iris.

This photo was taken with my Sony RX10iv camera. Settings: F2.4, ISO 100, 1/100s, 8.8mm focal length (24mm 35mm equivalent). Converted to black and white using Raw Therapee then cropped and vignette in the GIMP.

If you are interested in checking out Raw Therapee for black and white I did a post on the tools for my other blog: Black and white digital photo processing part 2: Using Raw Therapee. I’m working on a series that explores open source (free) tools for black and white.

Original color picture.

For Brashley Photography’s Mid-week Monochrome and Cee’s Flower of the Day.

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 and at the end of the month I’ll do a round up, so we can all share in the creativity and fun.

Here’s my March 2020 contribution:

How to get the looks above:

For some reason the morning sun hitting this pear got me inspired. After I used the GIMP to heal some of the brown lines. I probably should have done something about my vacuum in the background too.

The kaleidoscope filter in the GIMP: Filters>Distorts>Kaleidoscope. I thought it was kind of cool how it made an almost art deco looking pattern of the bookshelves…and the spot I didn’t remove from the pear makes the pear look like a cartoon critters staring at me.

The G’mic plug-in for the GIMP has many different filters (over 500). This uses the Pencil filter in the black and white group.

This uses Topaz Studio 2, the Chalk Pastel look applied at 63%.

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.

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 and at the end of the month I’ll do a round up, so we can all share in the creativity and fun.

Here’s my February 2020 contribution:

How to get the looks above:

The G’mic plug-in for the GIMP has many different filters (over 500). The first variation uses the “brushify” filter in the Artistic group within G’mic.

The second variation uses the “illustration” filter in the Artistic group within G’mic.

The third variation applies the Orton effect, as described in this post: Creating the Orton effect in the GIMP. The cartoon effect is found in Filters>Artistic>Cartoon. In the GIMP I layered the cartoon effect image over the Orton effect image and used the soft light blend mode.

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.