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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 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.

Miss Max

Some photos I took last week of my dad’s dog, Max. In a rare period where she was holding still enough to take a picture.

Max is a girl. Dad likes short easy to spell names, his last dog, also female, was Sam. I guess we kids were lucky that he wasn’t tasked with naming us.

The Barmy Codger himself. He never looks happy, I think it’s the mustache.

I used Topaz Studio 2 Impression and Texture filters on Max, Dad is beyond help.

Spring in triplicate

I don’t care what the calendar (or weather forecast) says: When the daffodils bloom it is spring.

Our geriatric cat got me up at 0 dark 30 to feed her. Her bowl was down and full already, but I guess she needed companionship to eat. I couldn’t get back to sleep so I messed about with these trios of daffodils I took for Mama Cormier’s Thursday Trios in Topaz Studio 2.

Giving the photos painterly effects is restful, almost contemplative. Not quite as good as actual sleep, but you take what you can get.

Also for Cee’s Flower of the Day (in this case night!).

A winter rose

A pink rosebud in the snow. Given a painterly effecut using Topaz Studio 2.
Winter rose

For Cee’s Flower of the Day.

We had some snowy days at the end of last year and, for no particular reason, I didn’t really sit down with the pictures I took until recently. Snow is so pretty and it brightens the world up a lot. Around here where the days are short and we don’t generally get snow the winters can seem pretty dim.

I gave this rose a bit of a painterly effect by using the impression filter in Topaz Studio 2.

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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Whatsoever is lovely…day 2

A bright cherry leaf displaying its fall colors of yellow and orange. Photo was edited suing Topaz Studio 2.
A fallen sunbeam?

Today is gray and wet. The fallen and soon to fall leaves are a bright spot on the day. They soaked up the sunshine all summer and are now drifting down. This cherry leave is giving off one last flash of light before it starts to compost.

Gan Xingfu (chasing happiness) 赶兴福

This November I am chasing happiness by photographing and sharing one lovely thing I see each day. I do edit the photos, often with an artistic effect like the one above, because playing with a lovely thing makes me happy.

For more explanation about this project check out this post: Whatsoever is lovely…day 1.

This is posted for Nanopoblano and Cee’s Flower of the Day (she accepts leaves too).

Whatsoever is lovely…day 1

A purple dahlia with creamy yellow at the base of its petals. Processed to have a painterly effect using Topaz Studio 2.
A late bloomer

In spite of everything that is truly lovely both in the world and in my life I’ve been feeling rather “meh” lately. I think the background noise of stress is eroding my…I’m not sure what the right word is here…mood, maybe.

Gan Xingfu (chasing happiness) 赶兴福

I’ve been studying Chinese again, in the hope that I might be able to go and see my son sometime next year, although I’m not too optimistic about that (part of my “meh” comes from worry about what’s happening over there). Anyhow, yesterday I learned a new word “gan” third tone, which means to chase or try to catch. I was intrigued with the phrase gan3 shi2 jian1 (chasing or trying to catch time). More prosaically it is also used with train, bus or airplane.

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