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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 July 2020 contribution:

How to get the looks above:

I did four instead of three. These all use open source software: the GIMP (Gnu Image Manipulation Program) and the G’mic plug-in for the GIMP.

The top row is filters built into the GIMP: Both the Cartoon and Simple linear iterative clustering are found in the Filters menu. Filters>Artistic>Cartoon and Filters>Artistic>Simple linear iterative clustering.

The second row uses two G’mic filters. Both dream smoothing and Kuwahara are in the Artistic group. Filters>G’MIC-Qt>Artistic.

Here is the original image:

Bright clouds over the Olympic Mountains just after sunset on Puget Sound.
Just after sunset.

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 June 2020 contribution:

How to get the looks above:

I’m continuing experimenting with Topaz Studio 2. This month I am experimenting with a landscape image. I used the abstraction tool on the first one, playing with the various settings for th first image. For the next two I used presets, but reduced the opacity of the effects.

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 May 2020 contribution:

How to get the looks above:

I’m continuing experimenting with Topaz Studio 2. To get the final image I first added an abstract filter that simplified the picture. Then I added a stroke to make it look like a painting using the impressionist filter. Finally I experimented with the AI ReMix filter.

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 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.

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.

Photo processing adventures with a heffalump

I dropped a can of beans on my foot.

So I’ve mostly been confined to quarters. For me that means messing about with my computer and photographs. So this is not a story of great adventure in the wide world.

Here goes:

Once upon a time, a not-so-little, not-so-young girl..okay it was really an old-enough-to-be-a-grandmother, mature (most of the time) woman…got to go on a once-in-a-lifetime safari in Africa. She bought a new camera for the trip, with a huge (to her) zoom of 21x…

So long ago in experience, if not so many years. I have this block of photos from that trip that I treasure because they bring back great memories. My beloved (and still functioning!) Nikon L120 point and shoot caught some really great pictures, and I eventually got LightRoom to clean them up a bit and have used them now and again in posts.

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