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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 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 December 2020 contribution:

I used the same photo of holly as I did on theSquirrelChase.com post, I couldn’t stop playing with it.

How to get the looks above:

For the faux lens ball effect I used the direction in my Something new post.

For the other two I went in and explored the looks in Topaz Studio 2.

The “cave dweller” look is in their “warm” group and the “flat I” look is in the “fun” group.

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

I just started a new 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 November 2020 contribution:

How to get the looks above:

For the black and White I used the GIMP’s mono-mixer tool to make the greens darker and the reds lighter.

I created a swirled abstract of the image then overlaid it using a layer mask. The directions for swirling a photo in the GIMP are in this post: Putting a twist on it using the GIMP. (That post contains a link to directions for doing the effect in Photoshop.) I overlaid the twirled image on the basic image using the soft light blend mode and a layer mask.

My third creation simply applied the “waterpixels” filter in the GIMP. (Found in the Filters>Artistic sub-menu).

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.

Rosemary

Some rosemary for Cee’s Flower of the Day. I took this picture a couple of days ago when I was walking the dogs.

Topaz Studio 2 “Chiaroscoro” effect.
Topaz Studio 2 “Vibrant Grunge” effect.
Topaz Studio 2 “Line and ink” effect

I realized the other day that I hadn’t used my Topaz Studio software in a very long time, so I thought I’d give it a whirl with this close-up of a rosemary blossom.

I am thinking about starting a monthly photo processing challenge to take one image and process it three ways. It might be fun to see all the different creative ideas people have and learn about all the amazing techniques and software available. Would you be interested?

Arty-choke

Last Saturday we went to an art show featuring some watercolor painting by my husband’s very talented uncle. Beside the library where the show was held there was a pea patch garden. I love pea patches.

Even though it was a rather grey, drippy day I wandered about a bit. This patch of artichokes, past the harvest stage, caught my eye. From different angles the flowers* brought to mind roses and waterlilies.

These were processed using various effects in Topaz Studio 2.

For Cee’s Flower of the Day

*The artichoke we eat is the bud of a large, thistle-like flower. This post shows the artichoke flower we found when we came home from a vacation last year.