Deserts and Beyond

Deserts and beyond...places in and around the southern California deserts and beyond. Photo taken at Canyon Lake, in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona, December 2011. A few minutes later, after the sun disappeared, these cliffs were their normal color. They were only golden for a short time and I'm glad we were able to view them in their glory.






Sunday, January 20, 2013

Experimenting with effects

Okay, I admit it.  I'm not very good with applying effects to my photos.  In fact, I rarely do it.  I do crop some of them, but basically I'm a purist.  WYSIWYG ~ what you see is what you get.  PERIOD.  Some other photographers, however, do a very good job with applying effects.  I guess I'll just have to try doing it more often.  I used Befunky for these and I'll try to write the effects.  So, here goes...The top one is the old grapevine from the previous post, cropped.  I didn't like all the junky cars and trucks in the background and this really lets the viewer see how old the trunk of the grape is.  Then I choose one of the other photos.  This was the "overhead" view of the grapes.  I did it in black and white...eh?  I'm not really liking that one.  Next, is sepia....kinda boring, if you ask me...Next is gouache.  I wasn't an art major, so I don't even know what gouache is...could somebody PLEASE explain it?  I kinda like this one!   :-)  Finally, the last one is called "underpainting".  Again, I have no idea what that is, but I like it, too!  I think I'll start experimenting with some of these!  Can anybody else recommend an editing website (free)?  I am comfortable with BeFunky, but are there others?  Thanks!~:-)

4 comments:

Lynette said...

It's fun to alter some photos. While I enjoy BeFunky, I also like PicMonkey. Right now I'm sticking with them as free. Oh, and at PicMonkey, it's very easy to make collages of all sorts. Enjoy yourself--that's what this is all about, this photographing and photo bloggin!

DeniseinVA said...

It's fun to experiment with effects, you've got some great ones here. It makes me want to try a few of my own. Have a great week :)

Gaelyn said...

I use free Piccasa but don't mess with most photos very much. It is fun to play with them once in awhile though.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Bravo for pushing the boundaries! I agree with Lynette... enjoy and have fun with it! PS: Check out the Flickr group Sliders Sunday at http://www.flickr.com/groups/1481688@N20/ to get some great ideas on editing.