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 intermediate, after straightening, cropping, utilizing Selective Color, and lots of 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.
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
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
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?
“Because for me, it’s fun…and everyone needs SOME fun in their lives, don’t they?!?”