Saturday, March 07, 2009

Photo Challenge - Photo Editing

Miz Cindra was kind enough to host our challenge this time and she decided that we should all try our hand (and brain cells) at photo editing. With all the inexpensive and FREE photo editing software out there, there's no reason we for us not to give it a go.

So I did.

And I hope y'all did.

Click the photos below to enlarge to see more detail.

By the light of the Moon

My mouse had taken some bad bytes of something when I started my photo combinations so I forgot to put the 2 original photos for this creation where I could easily find them. I finally gave up the search. I used a shot of the foliage right around sunrise and a shot of the moon; both originals were in color.

Original of Zach wearing PopPop's straw hat.

Same photo after applying a pencil sketch effect and fiddling with the contrast.

I took some photos of an old, abandoned, house on one of the back roads earlier this week and thought it would be fun to make it haunted. A zoom shot of the window and a shot from google image combined to give me somewhat the effect I wanted. The original photo of the lady I used to make a ghost is on the far right; then I inverted the photo, made it more transparent, used a black and white effect for the house window; then cloned the hell out of photo to try to make things blend together.

The end result: Haunted

The originals are a photo I took of the Chick one day while she was wearing my straw hat and squating down in the yard to inspect Zach's Game Boy. I have the color original somewhere but I had used the septia effect on this a long time ago and decided it was the effect I needed. The house is the same one from above; another photo I took earlier this week. I used the septia effect on it also and then combined the photos, did the clone thing again to blend the backgrounds.

At Play

I don't even know how I did this one. It just happened when I was trying to follow an tutorial about combining photos using Paint Shop Pro. I took these photos for an earlier challenge; Patterns.


I've learned more about photo editing this past 2 weeks than in the past 5 years that I've been using photo editing software. Thank you Miz Cindra!

Please go over to click the comments at the Brenda Photo Challenge blog to see all the other editing creations from other challenge participants. I guarantee that you'll love what you see.

I'm going to be here early to see as many blogs as I can before we leave to go visit the Memphis Zoo for the day. If you haven't posted yet, or I run out of time, I'll for sure be by to visit as soon as we're home.


RC said...

i think of all of them the one that is most impressive and fine work is the one with the child in front of the house...

you did a great job and made this into one amazing photo. nice work!

Karen M said...

I'm impressed and intrigued. I've never really done any photo editing beyond cropping if you can even call that editing. I hope I remember after tax season to take time to explore this more. I loved them all.

Way to go, Brenda!!

Donna said...

Look how Beautiful these are!! Zachs is really pretty! I Love the cloned one!!! It looks Victorian....Well done sweetie!! Ya'll are Years ahead of me!!hughugs

Donna said...

WOW!!! You did GREAT! I love those combinations and I know that you had to work really hard to create them! I don't know how you got the ghost image in the old house or got the child inserted into the front yard of the old house. Bravo!

Cindra said...

That photo of the moon is amazing! You all must be closer to the moon down there!
I love all of your effects... the haunting, I have always loved that photo of Zack...such an infectious smile. Wonderful!

Sally said...

My goodness gracious, Ms. Brenda, I am AMAZED. WOW!! Each one is unique, and I love them ALL!!

I don't know how you did it, but you are awesome at this! I love old houses, and your babies too you know!. Well, I just don't know what to say! Great job!! (((HUGS))

Sally said...


Have FUN at the zoo today!

joan said...

Wow! These are great effects. I love how you added chick to the old building. I WANT to know how to do this! Love it!

jazzi said...

Brenda, these are all fantastic! You would have gotten an A+ in my Photoshop class for sure!!

Jan said...

All great effects, and eerryy.

Butterfly Gardener said...

I am so impressed! Wanta come to Texas and help me do all that? LOL!!! You are so talented.

Jeanne said...

Wow Brenda that's really impressive merging two photos. Good going girl!

Annie said... have been very busy! amazing! annie.

Jeanette said...

Wow Brenda, you did a amazing job. I love them all but especially the "haunted" one. Cool and creepy, too!

AP said...

my fav is the child infront of the house!! wow this whole putting 2 photos together thing is something I want to learn!

LauraBelle said...

Holy Moses! You out did yourself! I am totally impressed. KUDOS to you ~ and those peacock feathers I've had 'em close to 30 yrs now ... have a super week! ღ

Joan said...

I love the one of Zachs eye. Neato.

Anonymous said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.