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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Yellow ... Edited

Welcome back to the Thursday edition of Shoot & Edit.

Today is the big reveal day ... when I show you what I did with my SOOC shots from Monday.  But first, here are the two yellow SOOC shots I posted previously ...
Yellow daisies I had bought a couple weeks back.  I, like many others, am really anxious for spring to arrive and the wonderful colors that go along with it.  So I thought I'd get a little head start.  :)  Since these are now dead and helping to fertilize my flower beds, I bought another bouquet yesterday.  You'll see those on Monday since next week's theme is flowers.  I just love having fresh cut flowers in the house.  So until I can go out and pick my own, I will buy some now and then.

birds sooc
Cedar Waxwings that Alex and I happened upon while walking through our neighbor's woods.  We had just gotten 6 or so inches of snow the night before.  Hard to believe that was just last Friday.  Today it is about 60 degrees and gorgeous!  The sun has shone most of the day and it just feels like spring!  Yay!

And here are the edited versions ...
I did the usual editing in RAW.  Then in Photoshop elements, I created an adjustment layer ... lowered the saturation and increased the lightness.  I then used a layer mask to remove the lowered saturation from the lady bug since I didn't like how it looked.  Slight cropping and sharpening and I was done.  I really like the softer color of the flowers now.

For the Cedar Waxwings, I cropped some so the birds stood out more.  Then did the basics with contrast and vibrancy.  Nothing fancy at all.

And again, just for fun ... I came across this program called Lo-Fi where you can simply add different looks to your  photos.  I downloaded the trial version and played around with the flower photo a little.
Yellow Edited
For this photo I used Faded, Dreamy, Crumpled.  Kind of cool.  Lo-Fi is only $29 to purchase, so I might just buy it when my 7-day trial is up.  It looks like fun.

That's it for me this week.  I look forward to seeing what others did with their yellow photos!

Remember, next week's theme is FLOWERS.  Until then, have a great week!
Oh, and Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Cedar said...

I love what just a few changes did for the birds, and that crumpled, faded, dreamy one is just dreamy! Great job.

Ashley Sisk said...

Both of these look beautiful - I love what you've done with them!

allison said...

I love the sunflower edit, it is soft and beautiful, and the lady bug is such a great focal point!

Winn (aka Koreen) said...

They're all beautiful! The ladybug really pops and the last edit is amazingly soft and ethereal. The bird photo would be great landscape style, just as you edited, but longer. :)

jillconyers said...

Such wonderful captures and the edits are great.

SKC said...

Wonderful edits. I really like the last one.

Jenn said...

LOVE the edit of the daisy!!!!