Credit Where It Is Due

Credit Where It is Due

I like to make photographs, and I enjoy being praised for what I have done. But God teaches a different attitude, one of thankfulness and humility. He pointed that out to me recently. I DO NOT MAKE THESE PHOTOGRAPHS ALONE. I didn't create the light, or the technology which makes photography possible. I didn't buy my camera, it was a gift from my husband. I didn't give myself the ability to see through the camera in order to make an image which others find pleasing. It is right to use what I have been given to the best of my ability, but it is wrong to take credit for what I have not done. God made the light, the elements which are used to manufacture the camera, and the world from which these images come. He has given me gifts: people to teach me, eyes to see with, and a brain to process information. I am thankful for these gifts. He deserves all the praise, not I.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Picasa Meets a Waterfall

This is a small seasonal creek on our property.
I thought the subject and composition of the original image were beautiful.
BUT
Nothing was really clear, and the colors lacked pizzazz.

Well, I have been playing around with Picasa's editing tools, so I played with this.
I decided not to crop it. But I did do these things:
First, I used the saturation tool, which brought up the color some.
Then, I posterized it, adjusting for maximum colors and detail, which made it look more like a painting.
Focus issue solved.
Next, I applied what is called "Orton-ish." This tool increases contrast, "bloom," and  "brightness." I had to tone it down with the sliders to get an effect I liked.
Finally, I added the border.

This is the original.

What do you think?

23 comments:

Hildred and Charles said...

I think you did a great job - the water fall now looks like a bridal veil. Beautiful.

Leovi said...

Wonderful waterfall. Nice pictures with good frames. Greetings.

Cafe au lait said...

Beautiful shots.

Late visit for MYM. I played too. Mine are here and here.

Mama Zen said...

I love the editing! Fabulous!

Dianne said...

I think your took a great photo and made art :)

how wonderful to have your own creek!

have your tried picmonkey.com?
it's free
and fun
I use Picassa also but have come to prefer picmonkey

jewaicious said...

Nice editing, but I prefer the original. Beautiful...both...each in its own way.

Karen said...

Cool effects from the editing Dimple. It looks surreal. I do like the original though.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I like the water in the edited version better, but the green in the original. And I love my Picassa lessons here at "Meditations.."

Robert Geiss said...

Great work upon this piece of art.

Must be wonderful to sit next to and listen. Please have a good Wednesday.

Tito Eric said...

Intriguing transformation! I ought to try the tools you used. Thanks for sharing.

todayithink said...

I want a waterfall in my yard. Oh, wait. I don't have a yard.

Andrea said...

You are so blessed for having that small water feature naturally in your property. Whenever i see a blog with a waterfall i will surely click it, I am fond of trying to make waterfall images but i best like it when shot in very low shutters and with clear focus. I am not yet good with my camera, am still trying to do what my friends show in theirs. You might want to peep: www.lantaw.blogspot.com; www.lagalog.com; www.ironwulf.net. They really take beautiful waterfalls. I am just like you, tinkering on picasa as i don't know how to tinker PS. haha.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This was an interesting "before" and "after"! I also love to play with all the effects on Picasa to see what they can do to a photo, but most of the time I go back and cancel all the effects leave the photo basically the same.

Susie of Arabia said...

Thanks for the mini-lesson - I've just started to use Picasa, so your tips will come in handy! Love your final result.

DUTA said...

In german they have an expression:"vertauched und verbessert" meaning the translation is better than the original.

I envy you for your ability to play with Picassa tools and render such a beautiful waterfall picture.
I've always been fond of waterfalls , so I really appreciate your effort.

jane said...

Beautiful subject and you have done well with your editing - very therapeutic - I can almost hear the sound of the water rushing through - Jane UK

EG CameraGirl said...

Nice editing, Dimple! How neat that you have a waterfall on your property, even though it's only seasonal.

becky said...

Nice job, Louise. Tools are so much fun. I'm still enjoying the tools I'm discovering on my new computer.

Anvilcloud said...

I have just finished desaturating the vegetative greens in some of my pictures, so you've gone the opposite way. We all have different visions and tastes.

Maggie May said...

You did a great job....... but I do like the original.
You are lucky to have it so near to you as I find the sound of a running waterfall is soothing.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

NitWit1 said...

Isn't it fun to have time to play with a good photo and make it into a masterpiece? I just order a new version of Adobe Photoshop Elements, but Picasa is so easy. I have also had Roxio Suite, and PhotoImpact Pro, all of which are photo editing, or is altering a better word, programs.

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ShirleyC said...

Beautiful picture! I love Picasa, and I need to play with it much more than I do.