Yeah, it’s been another week without a blog. 😦 It’s been a week of recovery and housework and trying to get started again in the HW series. It took me several hours to remember what Marcus was searching for. I finally did and… oh but that’s another blog. Last weekend I was restless and felt the need to go for a walk. Where to go but the beach? So down the stairs I went. It was a mistake, physically, but I got some spectacular pictures. I played with Photoshop on them all, some simple like just doing an auto-contrast/colour/level, some more detail.
It was a misty, grey day, kind of like today but with less rain. The landscape had been altered by the recent weather and I felt a need to capture it. I also found some strange things on the beach…
I merely did an auto-contrast here and cropped it to make the skeleton a greater focus.
He got treated to an auto-level and a little bit of a dialing back on the brightness.
My funny, cute gator here was a simple auto-contrast and a touch of dimming down on the bright.
Apparently it’s a septic cleaner/deodorizer for RV toilets. What on earth was it doing on the beach? The Photoshopping here was simply auto-colour.
This one was difficult to get the colour right. My camera tends to wash out the red a little. When I take pictures of something that is a really deep purple, say, it comes out blue. It’s annoying and hard to alter. Orange is much easier to fix, for me at least. I did an auto-contrast to see what would happen. I liked it but not quite enough so I opened the Hue/saturation and put the saturation at +15 and the lightness to -6. It came out beautifully. And yet… I still messed with it.
Since I had the hue open I just HAD to see what would happen. This is the electric (blue) slide. I love it.
The shore line changed a lot and it gave me some fantastic opportunities for pictures.
All I needed to do here was auto-contrast and it came out beautifully.
Peter saw this and said “The colour is messed up.” I said, “that’s the point!” I loved the lines and motion in this picture when I took it but when I tried to Photoshop it to where you could see what I saw nothing was coming out right. So I played with the colour balance; a lot of magenta, a little red and blue in the midtones, some magenta and yellow in the highlights and blue in the shadows. I like the way it turned out, even if it is a little avant-garde.
Here it was a simple auto-level and a touch of dimming down the brightness.
Again, auto-contrast, less bright. It didn’t take much here to show you what I saw.
Simple auto-levels. I love the way it turned out. Look at all the detail and you can tell where the water levels rose and fell.
Again, this was simply an auto-levels touch. It brought the colours and the light up nicely.
And that’s it for me folks. I need to make some triple chocolate hazelnut cookies for a hostess gift and some brunch (not necessarily in that order) and see about getting some other work done.
Have a wonderful weekend!