Friday, April 5, 2013

CLF Artist Box #5

When I saw Lissa's image for this week
an idea immediately popped into my head.

My vision was to create an HDR image from it,
but since I have NO CLUE how to do that other than using the quick tool in Picasa,
I just started playing around in PSE to see what I could come up with.
I used the quick selection tool to isolate the sky
and started adjusting the levels, contrast and saturation.
Then I isolated the buildings and bridge areas and did the same thing.
I see a couple of areas that could be better,
but I'm pretty happy with the result, being it was my first attempt at an HDR effect.

 I couldn't stop there so I played some more
and created this somewhat vintage or timeless look with an added level of textural interest.
Even though there are modern elements scattered throughout the composition,
it makes me think of a scene from the early 1900's.
Unfortunately, I could not enlarge it to the size of the first edit.
I guess too many pixels were eliminated in the crop.

 I thoroughly enjoyed this editing challenge
since I stepped outside my normal editing box and tried something new.

Now, I can't wait to see what all of you will come up with!

Have a great weekend everyone!

to play in this week's CLF Artist Box...
just click the pic to enter!


  1. there are several cool HDR apps out there .... of course right now i cant think of the names, i will and i will get back to you .. you did an excellent job w/o a special program imagine what a real HDR program can do

  2. Nice one Jill - Great composition! You certainly have the gift of the gab at bringing the richness of the colours in areas that can't be seen on original photos.

  3. This is really nice! It also makes me realize how little I know about my PSE. ARGH...I didn't even know you could isolate areas to enhance. Gonna have to google "PSE for Dummies".

  4. Great result....
    Best regards from Paris,


  5. they're both wonderful! I like the way you brought out the sky in the first one.

    thanks for sharing my photo. have a sweet day.

  6. Nice! You really brought out the details in the hdr edit. Love it. I also love that scratchy texture. Looking forward to playing around with this one!

  7. that's really pretty! i like the vibrant colors your edit brought forth.

  8. Sounds like you had fun with this one. Trey Ratcliffe at Stuck in Customs does loads of HDR. Check out his site for tutorials, etc.

  9. fantastic job! i really like the vibrancy of that edited image, so rich! happy weekend!

  10. WoW, you did that in Picasa? How? :) I really like it. Thank you for stopping by

  11. I love the vintage edit. Beautiful!

  12. Fabulous job... it seem to be a very difficult task to make a HDR image. When time is on my side, I will Google for tutorails :)

  13. Both of these are beautiful! Well done, my friend! It is a beautiful image to start with and the final edit is gorgeous.

  14. I really like the view and perspective. The edited copy pulls out a bit more dynamic range.

    Here are some links you might find useful.

    Photomatix is recognized as one of the top HDR applications available. Certainly worth your while if HDR is something you wish to explore further.

    I haven't myself, but it is on my todo list. :)

  15. I like your HDR effect and that is something that I need to learn in the future. I especially like the texture and effects you added on the second photo, what did you use?

  16. you are a rock star with a camera, friend:)

  17. Wow - love the post-processing in your shots. Very pretty!

  18. OH YES - that's really a beautiful result! very well done! perfect choice. but the texture is not from picasa, isn't it?

  19. I like both your edits! HRD is all new to me - Yours looks absolutely great with the bright colors and the athmosphere of vintage and the texture is so fine!


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