Experiments with photo editing

It is raining AGAIN!   I tried 20 minutes outside to pot up the courgettes that are outgrowing their cells and then came in.  My hands were so cold I had to run them under hot water to warm them up.    I feel disappointed that yet another valuable gardening weekend has been curtailed by the cold wet weather.

Having warmed up, I am now sitting in the lounge, listening to The Archers Omnibus and Desert Island Discs on Radio 4 and going through my recent photos to see what I could use to write a Sunday morning post.

Last weekend I was in Guernsey and used my iPad to take a few garden photos, but now they are uploaded onto my pc the quality is poor – those that were not too dark, had a cloudy look about them.   I tied to adjust the lighting using Picassa and they are still not brilliant.    Apart from using a little sharpening and exposure adjustment,  all the other twiddly bits of photo editing I rarely use and don’t know how to use them to their advantage.

This morning I thought, I would have a little play with a couple of the half decent photos and those purists among you may well not approve, however, it is only for a bit of Sunday morning light entertainment.

First, the original photo of Rhododendrons:

Using soft focus and a few other twiddly bits:

Second it the original photo of  Japanese Maples:

Using Lomo-ish editing.

 

It is fun to play with photos but in truth I still prefer to see pictures of plants and flowers in their true colours, so I can assure you that you are unlikely to see heavily edited photos very often.

This afternoon I am off to visit Vann Gardens, so my next post will be a trip around this lovely interesting garden, probably in the rain – at least there may not be so many people.   Happy Sunday!