Monday, July 9, 2012

My Fantasy Photo Editing

The big heatwave here is finally over. But I'm still staying close to home because my truck needs a little work done on it. That means I get to have a little more fun with my photo editing for awhile.

It wasn't too long ago that I visited Five Ridge Prairie Preserve and took this pictures. I always take a picture of the sign to mark my place on camera. I do that so I immediately know where my pictures were taken when I look at them in my archives. So these sign pictures are never intended to be special. I do try to make them at least okay though.

I decided to give this one a dark fantasy feel. I think it worked out pretty well. This area seems good for this kind of effect. I've been changing a lot of my pictures just to see what I can do with them. I always keep the originals though.some of those pictures started out very good.

I've been learning a few things through all this editing. I've also learned to make subtle changes to bring out the reality of a scene a little better than the original pictures captured. I haven't done that here today. I wanted to show off my fantasy scene here. This second photo is the original.

I've also been learning a little more about photography and what pictures to take. I'm learning how to shoot at different angles and from odd places to get something more creative and special. That way I won't need very much special editing. I'll still do some crazy stuff just fore fun though.

I do have some more interesting edits I'll be sharing soon though. I have a few pictures that definitely needed changing and fixing. Sometimes a gloomy day just isn't a good time to take pictures, but it can be fixed up later. You'll see.


  1. You have been staying out of box lately.

    That's great for I can see more "creative" photography.

  2. The first photo has an awesome fantasy feel to it!

    I like to change the look and feel of my photos too once in a while. It's fun and I learn in the process.

  3. I hope you found some more good shots there, haven't visited this site.

  4. i would want to learn how to edit a gloomy picture, hope it is not too hard to learn. i only know how to brighten and change contrast, the easiest editing i guess, i really would love to add sky too like what you did in the previous post.

  5. Isn't it fun editing? You can create some real cool shots. I like both of them, Ratty. But, that first one I would love to get lost in there :)

  6. That's a very dramatic difference and it looks amazing. I love what you did with it. Editing is quite addictive isn't it? What are you using to do all of your edits?

    1. I'm using a free program called Gimp. It's very similar to Photoshop. I've used both, but I have been learning more with Gimp. It can be found easily by doing a Google search.

  7. I love this edit really makes the place look magical. I think I am going to have to download this gimp and have a play when I get some time off work!!

  8. Really nice! Such a pretty huge transformation of the place. I wish I could learn how to do it too! Looking forward for more.

    Btw, thanks for always DROPping by! Have a great day!

  9. My human says that playing around with effects, shooting with different angles and stuff is a lot of fun. What can I say, I don't think it compares to stalking crickets, but whatever floats your boat.

  10. Isn't photography fun, Ratty....sometimes just the smallest change can really make the picture phenomenal. Nice to