‘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?!?”

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A close-up look at the neighborhood

Come…

...sit in the front yeard with me, and I'll show the colors all around us!

…sit in the front yard with me, and I’ll show the colors all around us!

Looking up, a cascade of leaves with tiny berries forming

Looking up, a cascade of leaves with tiny berries forming

Over there, some large Hostas, where last night's raindrops remain

Over there, some large Hostas, where last night’s raindrops remain

Across the way, Irises reflect in a dirty garden apartment window

Across the way, Irises reflect in a dirty garden apartment window

At the corner, the yellow and purple Irises are going strong...

At the corner, the purple, yellow and white Irises are going strong…

...as are the yellow and rust Irises right next to them

…as are the yellow and rust Irises right next to them

Glancing down, the tiniest of bees is gathering pollen from these delicate white blossoms

Glancing down, the tiniest of bees is gathering pollen from these delicate white blossoms

Down the street,neighbors have hung this happy guy in their tree.   I think he's enjoying the last few weeks of Spring as much as I!

Down the street, neighbors have hung this happy guy in their tree.
I think he’s enjoying the last few weeks of Spring as much as I!

Lilacs…

…almost!

(with the Ocean Ripple filter)

(with the Ocean Ripple filter)

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(with the Watercolor filter)

(with the Watercolor filter)

…near a green door!

Lilacs and Green Door-Watercolor(with the Watercolor filter)

…and, at the local tailor shop!

(with no filter at all, just a lot of adjustments in Selective Color)

(with no filter at all, just a lot of adjustments in Selective Color, and heavy use of Burning and Dodging)