Friday, May 14, 2010

Before and After

This was an obvious photography fail.

I'd been taking pictures out in the bright sunlight when
Cholita came running across the shadowed patio, 
wearing her sister's too-big dress and a pink crown,
 draped in her rag of a blankie.

It was a photo op too good to pass up.
Unfortunately, I didn't think to change my camera settings
and the result was predictably dark.

I am a complete newbie at photo editing,
so I messed around with the picture in I-Photo,
a program equal to my abilities.

I cropped, upped the exposure, downplayed shadows,
and generally just moved cursors 
until things looked interesting.

From there, I went over to Photoshop Elements,
a foreign land to me,
and used Coffeshop's Black and White action.

I like it.
Somewhat artsy, don't you think?


Julie said...!!! You are well on your way! I love it! Is piel perfect link still open? Go link up if it is!

~T~ said...

The Caterpillar's first birthday pictures all turned out that way. That was the end of his scrapbook. But maybe there is hope after all!

akwebb3 said...

I use I-photo and Gimp for a lot of my pictures. They are so easy to use.

Faith said...

ooh! love the last one :)

Heather said...

Great edit- brightening it up helped and I like that b&w action.

lovingmylife said...

Great job brightening this photo. Too cute.

Maryvel Friesen said...

Wow! You sure salvage that one! Very good and very artsy in deed! I specially like the black and white version!

Donna said...

Doesn't it feel good when you can "save" a photo like this?

Your blanket princess is lovely!

(I have a couple of those too!)

Our Blog: Double Happiness!

Courtney said...

artsy, indeed! GREAT job! I love iPhoto. ;)

Raymonde said...

Great job. You are good at this. I really like the black and white version.

I browsed whilst I was here, your three daughters are so cute.

Be blessed. xxx

PS: Thank you for the visit.

Lula Lola said...

Quite artsy! I really like what you did with it!
This would make really pretty cards, if you're in need of new stationary!