View Nature Images with some Photo Editing Fun!
Isn't he a cutie!
Anole lizard on the brick of our home.
Amazing photo art can be created from nature photos taken in your local surroundings and in this particular case original art was composed from photos taken in our very own backyard.
Many pictures that I have taken of our garden were already loaded into the computer so I decided to start with what was already there and easily accessed.
We have a new computer and I decided to start playing around with the Windows Live Photo Gallery to see what effects could be attained.
Please respect the copyrights on these photos!
Interior view of Easter Lily
Photos were cropped to just show interesting details of a portion of the original full photo.
The little guy above in the first photo was a lizard that was eyeing me from the side of our brick home. I really like the effects achieved with this photo manipulation!
The photo to the right shows the inside of an Easter Lily flipped bottom to top and adjusted to get these vibrant colors.
After some photo color editing and some cropping would you have ever guessed that this was the interior of an Easter lily had I not told you what it was?
Details were adjusted to sharpen the image sometimes getting a totally different perspective.
The photo to the right started out as a wide open red rose with yellow interior.
Photo manipulation effects
The exposure setting let me adjust the photos for brightness, contrast, shadows and highlights.
Would you believe that the photo on the right shows a portion of the underside of a colorful deceased beetle that I found in our backyard one day?
It looks like an abstract painting of modern art! What does it look like to you?
Ghost PlantClick thumbnail to view full-size
Colors were adjusted for temperature, tint and saturation.
This hen and chicks plant shown to the right is normally a grayish color.
The official name of this succulent plant is ghost plant but we have always known it as the hen and chicks plant.
Adjusting the temperature, tint and saturation certainly changed the appearance of this photo!
Scratched shell of beetle
Often I went back and forth between exposure and color to keep tweaking the photo for different effects.
It is fun doing this and one can play around with the different exposures and colors almost endlessly and get amazingly different results!
The photo above on the right is a portion of the beetle's top side.
It was found wedged in between a brick and rock walkway and the hard shell was scratched and cracked.
All of those details make for an interesting nature print when manipulated with colors and exposure settings.
Effective...don't you agree?
The colorful abstracted piece to the right is that same dead beetle's underside...a different portion of it than the green toned one shown in the 5th photo earlier in this post.
Aloe Vera blossomClick thumbnail to view full-size
Photography Fine Art
What is actually determined to be photography fine art?
Much of it is in the eye of the beholder!
Obviously there are some parameters which can be studied and learned...but it still boils down to what is appreciated and wished to be possibly purchased or simply enjoyed by normal everyday people.
If you have a camera and computer...start playing around with this medium to see what you can create.
You might be amazed!
Parasol shaped mushroom amidst rocksClick thumbnail to view full-size
Photo Art Prints
You can create your own photo art prints!
If you have a camera...start taking pictures of everyday things no matter the subject matter and start having fun with the adjustments that can be made with the photo programs and capabilities that are built in to most computers.
The photo on the right was a parasol shaped mushroom that appeared between some of the rocks in our backyard one day.
Would you have recognized it as such in the enhanced image?
Azalea blossom fun!
Viewing things differently...
Would you believe that the photo to the right is a closeup picture of the interior of an azalea blossom in our backyard?
Believe-it-or-not...it is true!
You can readily see what playing with colors and exposures as well as details can do to totally alter a normal picture.
Abalone shellClick thumbnail to view full-size
Enhancing an Abalone Shell
Abalone shells are beautiful all in their own right and my hubby and I have three of them in our garden mixed in with our rocks and other plantings.
Their amazing colors when catching rays of the sun or even on dreary rainy days add to the other hues of flowers, plants and shrubs in our garden and help enhance the overall effect.
Here with some photo manipulation effects is a portion of the interior of one such abalone shell viewed on the right.
What do you think of the colors?
Nature photography can be grand and glorious scenery of mountains, streams, forests and such or closeups of naturally occurring smaller less obvious items.
What do you think this image to the right represents?
#1 Obviously a visitor from outer space!
#2 A nightmare from one of my dreams!
#3 Looks like something my cat might like to play with.
#4 This is probably a monster from a sci-fi movie.
#5 Yikes! I do not think I wish to know the answer!
You can let me know your answer to this question in the comment section below.
Tour of editing photos with Windows Live Photo Gallery
Hope you had as much fun looking at these nature photos and art from our backyard as I had in creating this post. Will be looking forward to your comments.
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