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Nature Images - Digital Fun Photos of Art in our Back Yard

Updated on October 23, 2016

Nature photos using photo manipulation effects

Isn't he a cutie!
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Photo art

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!

Photo manipulated Easter lily

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Cropping photos


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.

When playing around with different color combinations, it is amazing just how different an image can become!

Enhanced rose photo using Windows Live Photo Gallery

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Adjusting details

Details were adjusted to sharpen the image sometimes getting a totally different perspective.

The photo above started out as a wide open red rose with yellow interior.

Photo manipulation effects

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Exposure setting

The exposure setting let me adjust the photos for brightness, contrast, shadows and highlights.

Would you believe that the photo above 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?

Photo manipulation effects of hen and chicks plant

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Color


Colors were adjusted for temperature, tint and saturation.

This hen and chicks plant shown to the right is normally a grayish color.

Adjusting the temperature, tint and saturation certainly changed the appearance of this photo!

Photo manipulation effects of nature pictures taken in our backyard.

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Photo manipulation effects

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What is it? How to do it?

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Nature prints


Often I went back and forth between exposure and color to keep tweaking the photo for different effects.


The photo above 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 earlier in this hub.

Nature pictures - photo manipulation effects

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The vibrant hued photo above reminds me of an umbrella repelling raindrops. In actuality it is a close-up and altered state of a dianthus flower photo taken in our garden.

Photo manipulated aloe vera blossom

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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 created 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!

What is pictured here to the right is an aloe vera bloom on one of my plants.

Photo manipulation can create some great images!

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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 above was a parasol shaped mushroom that appeared between some of the rocks in our backyard one day.

Photo manipulated azalea flower

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Would you believe that the photo to the right is a close-up picture 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.





Altered butterfly photo close-up

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Butterfly photo


The photo to the right is probably the most recognizable.


It is a closeup shot of a butterfly resting on a banana leaf in our backyard.


Do you see it now?

What is this???

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Photography Nature


Nature photography can be grand and glorious scenery of mountains, streams, forests and such or close-ups of naturally occurring smaller less obvious items which capture some people's interest such as the photo above.

What do you think this image above represents?

Part of Houston in which these nature pictures were taken.

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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...


Tour of editing photos with Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi poetryman6969,

      Glad you liked the effects of what I accomplished with images taken from our backyard.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Some beautiful effects. I enjoyed the photos.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello jainismus,

      It is fun to play around with photo editing tools and create images such as shown here. Thanks for your comment.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 3 years ago from Pune, India

      This is a great idea. We can do more using photo editing tools. It is a fun as well as creativity.

      Thank you for sharing this.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      So happy to hear that you enjoyed this hub and thanks for the pin and share.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      I really love this hub because it's so full of creative and useful ideas. Pinned this to my 'Crafts' board and will share again with my followers.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      I had fun working with these images and got some great results...at least I think that is the case. :)) Thanks for your votes and the share as well as your comment.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Very neat. Had to share and vote up. Thanks for all the information

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi dragonflyfla,

      Nice to know that you enjoyed this hub. Thanks for your comment and vote.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      So happy to hear that this has given you some ideas of how to alter the photos you have already taken. They can be made to look quite different with photo manipulation techniques and it is rather fun to see what can be created. Thanks for the votes and share. :)

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      dragonflyfla 4 years ago from South Florida

      Thanks for sharing your tips Peggy. Voting you useful.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Peggy, you are so creative! I love the prints you have here of the lizard, the "Butterfly Photo," and the "Nature Picture," which I think is a flower. I think they're so cool and I could see them as prints on my walls. You have a lot of great ideas for here for creating wall art, greeting cards, and even decorator pillows from photographs. This really is a fabulous hub for people who want ideas for making their own art in a variety of forms from their own photos.

      Voted up, BAI, and will share!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Vinaya,

      You are obviously smarter than I am because I have yet to figure out how to use Photoshop although I purchased it some time ago. Someday I'll have to spend some serious time exploring it. Would love to be able to do more with photos. Glad that you liked these. Thanks for your comment.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Peggy, I also love doing photo manipulation and create new artworks from photographs. By the way I use photoshop to manipulate pictures.

      You pictures are amazing.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi rajan jolly,

      Thanks for sharing this "fun" hub and for your votes. I had fun creating these images from the photos I had taken and then using the various techniques to alter them. Photo editing can make for some dramatic transformations!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Peggy, what a amazing transformation these pictures have undergone. Very interesting and attractive they have acquired a totally different look.

      Voted up and awesome. Sharing this fun hub.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi RTalloni,

      OK...I'll tell you what that last image is. It is the same deceased beetle's top portion including the head. Quite something, isn't it! Haha! Thanks for your comment.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Okay, the last is a mystery, but could it be titled "Insect in Red" or "Angry Bug?"

      I hope to experiment with photos eventually. Thanks for the inspiration!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Dardia,

      Sad to say, I still have not figured out how to utilize Photoshop although I purchased a version of it some time ago. Guess I need lessons! I just use free photo editing tools from Windows and have some fun. Thanks for your comment.

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      Darlene Yager 4 years ago from Michigan

      It is so much fun using digital photo editors. I can get lost for days playing around with them. I haven't touched my computer much lately. I think it is time to get back to it. Back to writing and back to Photoshop! Thanks for a fun reminder of what I have been missing. :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi kashmir56,

      Thanks for the appreciative comment and for your sharing of this hub. Once in a while it is rather fun to see what photo effects can be made by manipulation using photo editing software.

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Peggy, great hub and you did a great job using photo manipulation effects on these photos. You have enchanted them and made the very vibrant with colors . Well done !

      Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      I am far from an expert in photography but do like to take photos...many of them, in fact. With the built in photo editing features that can be downloaded for free...or even built in to many computers, it is fun playing around with the photos such as demonstrated in this hub. Glad that you liked it!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I didn't know you were an expert in photography along with all your other talents! I don't know if I have this program on my laptop or not, I'll have to check and find out. I thought the photo of the beetle was an alligator! I gave up on the last one. I would imagine this takes a lot of time to do, but well worth learning!

      Thanks for the info. I have bookmarked this so I can go back and reread.

      I voted this Hub UP, etc. and will share, too. Mary

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Billy,

      I was just taking some photos that I had taken in our garden and started playing with the various photo manipulation effects. Glad that you liked this. :))

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      billyaustindillon 6 years ago

      Peggy these pictures add in further wondrous colors and design to your garden - great hub and a great source of art education for art lovers, children and artists alike.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello louisxfourie,

      Since I just visited your hub about photography, if you have a photo editing program, you also could play around with the color saturation, etc. to create your own "art" from nature pictures. It is fun!

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      Louis Fourie 6 years ago from Johannesburg, South Africa

      Interesting, Very smart God bless.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi ParadiseForever,

      Glad to hear that you enjoyed these nature photos from our backyard turned into a sort of "art." Will certainly head on over to your watercolor nature hub. Thanks!

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      ParadiseForever 6 years ago from Chennai, India.

      Very smart! Not only the article; comments above are also very smart! I really had a fun time(with art effect)here. Thank you so much for providing that pleasure!

      I would suggest you to visit my blog on water color paintings: https://hubpages.com/art/NATURE-by-watercolours-pa...

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello talitz2550,

      This is the first time that I have really altered photos in this type of way and it was really fun seeing what effects could be gotten by doing so with my nature photos taken from our very own backyard. Will certainly take a look at what you do. Thanks!

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      talitz2550 6 years ago from Thailand

      Hello Peggy, this is really an awesome Hub. Now I am happy to know that I'm not the only one who loves to tamper with my images. You're a very creative person. Drop by at my similar Hub too... https://hubpages.com/art/How-to-Paint-in-Minutes More powers. :)

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Greetings erthfrend,

      We are kindred spirits in loving nature. Glad you liked the end results of these photos and thanks for the comment.

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      erthfrend 6 years ago from Florida

      I love all of nature's beauties..they are endless! I love to connect with people that appreciate it as much as I do! I really enjoyed your creativity with these photos!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Om Paramapoonya,

      It was fun playing with these nature photos and seeing what eventually evolved. Glad that you liked this so much and thanks for the comment and rating. :-)

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      Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

      Oh, I LOVE these, especially the dianthus flower or "umbrella repelling rain drops!" Thumbs up, Peggy. Rating this AWESOME. :)

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Tracy711,

      So happy that these manipulated nature photos turned into art might have inspired you to try your hand at it. Wishing you as much fun as I had when creating these!

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      Tracy711 6 years ago

      Hi Peggy, I loved this hub it was very interesting and it made me very curious and excited about trying it myself..LOL..but I truly love all the beautiful bright colors and even though I know the butterfly is a butterfly I can see lots of other things in that pic..keep up the great work and truly enjoyed your lovely art. God bless :o)

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Mr. Jack,

      Glad you liked the first 2 nature photos that were tweaked to achieve this art effect. Thanks for the comment.

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      Mr. Jack 6 years ago

      The first and the second photo are very amazing. Nice work.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi tracykarl99,

      I appreciate the compliment on the nature photos. The lizard is my particular favorite also. Thanks!

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      Tracy 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Peggy, I will have to look into Windows Photo Art Gallery! I think that much of the beauty of these is in the photographer, though ~ you have a tremendously artistic eye! I like the lizard:)

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Shirley Pisa,

      I took the photos of things in our backyard and then played around with the photo editing on our computer to get these "nature photos." Hope that answers your question. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.

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      Shirley Pisa 6 years ago

      Wow! Love these pictures. Where did you get this? Nice indeed.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello crow nest,

      Thanks for the suggestion! Glad you liked these altered nature photos.

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      crow nest 6 years ago

      this is absolutely amazing ,you should make hand made cards with your pics ....keep up the good work

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello frogyfish,

      Oh yes! It was a lot of fun working on these nature photos and turning them into the "modern art" that you see here. I'd love to play around all day doing similar things but people would probably lost interest...so moving on to other subjects. Thanks for looking and commenting. Hope you are having an equally good time!

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      frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America

      I've just been working on Photo Gallery and 'changing' some pictures like this, but yours are absolutely 'modern art'! You did a lot of work, and it must have been exciting fun! Great photos and explanations.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Tim Tom,

      Glad to hear that you liked these nature photos turned into a form of art. Thanks for the comment.

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      Tim Tom 6 years ago

      hey, great pics!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello korayd,

      Happy to hear that you enjoyed these nature photos from our backyard...slightly manipulated, of course. :-)

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      korayd 6 years ago from Edmonton

      this is really cool stuff

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello SELL MY ART,

      You are welcome. Thanks for leaving a comment on this nature photos hub.

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      SELL MY ART 6 years ago from Ireland

      Love this hub ; thanks for sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Healing Touch,

      Thanks for commenting on this nature photos hub and happy to hear that you appreciated it.

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      Laura Arne 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

      This was really neat. Thanks for the photos, how creative.

      Healing touch

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello mezrg,

      Glad you liked these altered nature photos. Will take a look at yours. Thanks!

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      mezrg 6 years ago

      Cool - very nice - Please see my collection too https://hubpages.com/art/A-Private-Collection

      Thanks

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi jill of alltrades,

      So happy that you enjoyed these nature photos taken from our backyard and manipulated into an art form. You are an expert at doing things like this! Yes...that last photo is that same dead beetle that was certainly put to good use for this project. This is his memorial. :-)

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Peggy,

      You have made some fantastic art works here! I love them!

      It's really fun to play around and create your own digital art.

      The last photo is that of a bug, right?

      Thanks very much for sharing with us your art!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Nando's,

      I would agree with you wholeheartedly. Art is definitely "in the eye of the beholder" as the old saying goes. It was fun taking these photos from our backyard and doing a little something different with them. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.

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      Nando's 6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Wow these photo's came out beautiful, art is all around us it just depends how we see it!

      Thank you for sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello prasetio,

      So glad you liked these altered nature photos from our backyard. Thanks for the compliments!

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Beautiful, Peggy. I really enjoy reading this hub and all the pictures are amazing. Good work, my friend. Vote this Up.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello yenajeon,

      Thanks for your comment on these nature photos manipulated into an art form. With the digital cameras and photo programs in computers...it is easy to play around with any kind of photo and create different effects. Try it and have fun! :-)

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      yenajeon 6 years ago from California

      These are SO cool! They don't even look like nature the colors are so intense. I wish I knew more about photography!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello rex wazza,

      Do you mean that you are here in Houston appreciating your own similar nature photos or images? Whatever you meant, thanks for the comment.

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      rex wazza 6 years ago

      here

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Greetings oldbooklover,

      These were not macro shots. The nature photos were taken with a simple Panasonic DMC-FS15 digital camera. So you were correct in that the cropping tool was put to good use. I have numerous photos also...not just the backyard ones, but thought that I would use some of those for this experiment with playing around with the images and manipulating the colors, exposures and so forth. Have fun with creating your birthday cards and make those colors sizzle!!! Thanks for the comment.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi James,

      Yes, it was a bug...a highly colorful and very dead beetle. I'm not good around live insects! Ha! Glad you liked these nature photos turned into art. Thanks for the comment.

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      oldbooklover 6 years ago

      Thanks Peggy W. Your experiments with highly saturated colors have inspired me to tweak some of my favorite photos.

      Most of yours seem to be macro shots. But I suppose regular lens shots can also work, if you are creative with cropping.

      I am not limited to my backyard, I often take photos at the sidewalk edge of other people's gardens when I go for a walk. I use the prints to make birthday cards.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      Fascinating! It is a bug, right? You are an outstanding artiste, me lady. Thank you for this intersting journey.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Busy Bee 23,

      Thanks for the compliment. Playing with these nature photos was simply fun on my part.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello agusfanani,

      Thanks for calling my efforts at manipulating these nature shots "artistic." It was a fun exercise. :-)

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      Busy Bee 23 6 years ago

      Love how you made simple daily seen items pop and and added brightness-

      you really have a talent:)

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      agusfanani 6 years ago from Indonesia

      Cool, you've made artistic shots just from nearby environments !.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello GodsAngel1,

      Have fun making your own nature prints or any kind of art prints for that matter using this program on our computers. Am sure you will have as much fun as I did in altering the photos. Enjoy! Thanks for the comment.

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      GodsAngel1 6 years ago

      This Hub was totally cool. And you did all of this with Windows Live Photo Gallery, which I have on my computer! I can't wait to experiment. Thanks for the great ideas. I've never taken the time to see what could be done with it.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Joni Douglas,

      You are correct. I had a lot of fun creating these art images from the photos I had taken in our backyard. Have fun when you try it. One could easily get hooked! Ha! Thanks for the comment.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi sarovai,

      Glad you appreciated the art created from photos taken of natural things found in our backyard. In some cases the original pictures bear only slight resemblance to the end photo. I thought of putting some of the original snapshots in at the end for comparison purposes. What do you think?

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      These are terrific! I bet you had a lot of fun with this. I can't wait to try some myself. Thanks.

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      These are terrific! I bet you had a lot of fun with this. I can't wait to try some myself. Thanks.

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      sarovai 7 years ago

      Looking differently by reminding values. Fine art is really good. Thank u for sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Ellimac Ymac,

      Yes...it truly is! Taking nature photos and manipulating them into art forms is fun. Have you tried doing it? Thanks for your interest and comment.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi nifty@50,

      Haha! So you thought you were in another place and time looking at my nature photos or art from our very own backyard. Some people might look at it as art and others just some crazy colors and images. No matter...I had some fun creating these images. :-)

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Micky Dee,

      So you also have fun playing with photos and creating art of sorts. Glad you enyoyed these nature photos from our backyard...and thanks for the comment! I'm always in for a treat to see where you are biking or what you are thinking about in your hubs.

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      Ellimac Ymac 7 years ago

      Neat pictures. Amazing what you can create from your backyard!

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      nifty@50 7 years ago

      Interesting effects Peggy! At first I thought I was "Tripping"! LOL! Great hub!

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Very pretty pictures. I play with some too. I like the fun you had with yours! Thank you Ma'am!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Hello, hello,

      See what some idle time allows? Hahaha! I actually had it in mind to see what could be done with these photos of nature...flowers, butterfly, mushroom amidst rocks, lizard and beetle found and photographed in our backyard and it was fun trying to make them into something approaching art. My favorite is the lizard at the top of this hub. Thanks for such a positive comment! :-)

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Peggy, you are wonderful. I never experienced anything like that. You are super. Thank you for the joy of seeing them.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello eovery,

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment on this nature photos hub.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mike,

      I actually thought about putting the actual photos with the manipulated ones next to one another or further down in the hub. That dead beetle was used in various poses as you and Austinstar now know...and anyone else following these comments.

      Your idea of taking one photo and manipulating it in several different ways is an interesting one. I actually did this and then chose from the ones created to insert just one of each example in this hub.

      Thanks for taking a look at nature photos and art from our backyard. Hope your Sunday is also a good one!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Austinstar,

      I wondered how long it would take for someone to wonder what that last nature photo was. Haha! It is the same beetle taken from the underside closer to the head. The beetle truly was beautifully multi-colored but having it cropped and exaggerated with using mostly one color and then experimenting with shadows and exposure settings...this creature appeared! Thanks for your interest and comment.

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      eovery 7 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      Interesting.

      Keep on hubbing!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Merlin,

      This is a new computer and I had just recently (in the last year) discovered Picture It! on the old computer and was having some fun with it. So decided to see what the new program could do. As to photos not being able to deceive.....guess we all know that is not true! Thanks for leaving your comment on this nature photos hub.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi suziecat7,

      Glad you enjoyed this fun experiment I did with creating some nature photos and art from things found in our backyard. Thanks for the comment.

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      Mike Lickteig 7 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      Photography is a wonderful medium that lends itself well to digital manipulation. Like an Andy Warhol print, it would be interesting to take a photograph, manipulate it in several different ways, and place them side by side. The photos you experimented with came out terrific, although I must join Austinstar in admitting I don't know what the last photo is, either. It looks like a statue that might be found in South America or Mexico.

      I am better with a pencil or paint brush than I am a camera, but photography is certainly art.

      Thanks for a beautiful look at your yard. Hope your Sunday is a good one.

      Mike

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      Austinstar 7 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Love the Gecko! Beautiful *****. The butterfly is awesome as well. The aloe vera bloom and dianthus flower are very artistic.

      I have no idea what the red thingy is in the last photo. I voted on it, but what the heck is it???

      Photography is art. I don't care what those paint sniffers say! LOL

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      Merlin Fraser 7 years ago from Cotswold Hills

      I guess the old adage the camera can't lie just went out the window !

      I have Photoshop on my computer, know stuff all about all the artistic terminology but just playing around is fun and the effects you can create....

      Thanks for sharing yours with us.