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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 December 2022 contribution:

The wreath we hung out for the holiday season

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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 November 2022 contribution:

This is the Portland Head Lighthouse (it is in the distance in the photo I used on the Squirrel Chase) the tiny lighthouse in the distance of this photo is the Ram Island Ledge Light. You may need to click on the photos below to enlarge them to see it.

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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 October 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 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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