I suppose I should have been doing laundry…

…but I can put that off until tomorrow, can’t I?

It was much more fun to ‘play’ in Photoshop (TM) on this relatively quiet Sunday afternoon!

First are the originals taken later yesterday afternoon, followed by the final images.

Bright Pink Peony-1, the original

Bright Pink Peony-1, the original

Bright Pink Peony-1, with the Glass filter

Bright Pink Peony-1, with the Glass filter

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Bright Pink Peony-2, the original

Bright Pink Peony-2, the original

Bright Pink Peony-2, with the Watercolor filter

Bright Pink Peony-2, with the Watercolor filter

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Fading Purple and Yellow Iris-1, the original

Fading Purple and Yellow Iris-1, the original

Fading Purple and Yellow Iris-1, with the Plastic Wrap filter

Fading Purple and Yellow Iris-1, with the Plastic Wrap filter

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Fading Purple and Yellow Iris-2, the original

Fading Purple and Yellow Iris-2, the original

Fading Purple and Yellow Iris-2, with the Ink Outlines filter

Fading Purple and Yellow Iris-2, with the Ink Outlines filter

Believe it or not, some still find it ‘scandalous’ to turn a photograph into a graphic presentation, utilizing software such as Photoshop (TM) or Corel (TM).

In my opinion, I haven’t spent almost eight years working in Photoshop (TM) and over eight years doing video graphics and animation to sit around and be satisfied with what the camera sees!

I see differently, and every electronic image needs to be ‘tweaked’, one way or another!

‘Playing’ with Peonies

I found some gorgeous Peonies in full bloom on my mile walk to the pharmacy the other day…but I really didn’t care for the way the images turned out…so, of course, this morning I decided to ‘play’ a bit!

The original, as the camera saw it

The original, as the camera saw it

 

The intermediate, after straightening, cropping, utilizing Selective Color, and lots of Burning and Dodging

The intermediate, after straightening, cropping, utilizing Selective Color, and lots of Burning and Dodging

 

The final, with a Watercolor treatment, more Selective color and, of course, more Burning and Dodging

The final, with a Watercolor treatment, more Selective Color adjustments and, of course, more Burning and Dodging

I didn’t realize the next image featured a fly and the eyes of two ‘garden decor’ deer until I uploaded.

The original

The original

I decided to get rid of the faux deer–a good choice, in my opinion!

The intermediate, after cropping and utilizing Selective Color, Burning and Dodging

The intermediate, after cropping and utilizing Selective Color, Burning and Dodging

Photoshop’s Artistic Ocean Ripple filter has never really appealed to me–until I ‘played’ with it on this image…and found it added some interest to a very ordinary photo of a Peony.

The final, with more adjustments of Selective Color, Burning, Dodging and the Artistic Ocean Ripple filter added at the last

The final, with more adjustments of Selective Color, Burning, Dodging and the Artistic Ocean Ripple filter added at the last

Combined, these two images took about an hour to process, and the results were entirely worth spending the time to make the ordinary a bit ‘extraordinary’!

You might ask why I bother transforming what are considered dull images?

My answer:

“Because for me, it’s fun…and everyone needs SOME fun in their lives, don’t they?!?”

After spending several hours…

…catching up on comments and e-mails (and almost burning three eggs I was hard-boiling!), I wanted to show you more of Sunday’s wet…

...Canna leaves, the first.

Canna leaves, the first.

 

...Canna leaves, the second.

Canna leaves, the second.

 

...pink Poenies, bending from the rains.

…pink Peonies, bending from the rains.

 

...tiny Lilacs, the first.

…tiny Lilacs, the first.

 

...tiny Lilacs, the second.  Each flower is barely a quarter of an inch across!

…tiny Lilacs, the second.

Each flower is barely a quarter of an inch across!

...flag.  No longer able to proudly wave, this flag remained draped over its pole damply.

…flag. No longer able to proudly wave, this flag remained damply-draped over its pole.

 

...outdoor cafe, where the coffee-lovers normally spend their Sundays reading newspapers and relaxing.

…outdoor cafe, where the coffee-lovers normally spend their Sundays reading newspapers and relaxing.

 

N.B.:  This group of images was given a subtle final treatment with the “Artistic-Plastic Wrap” filter in Photoshop (TM).

Though I normally shy away from this filter, it helped emphasize the standing water droplets quite well.