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.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Variations on a Theme: Alder Catkins

I have been playing with Picasa recently, and I thought I would share some of the results.

I like alder catkins, or flowers, and I am thankful that we have alder trees growing around our property. One day last week I took this picture:
I like it...
but I decided to focus in on a smaller portion, so I cropped it down:
This is nicer, the catkins droop gracefully, the cones from last year give spikey contrast, the branches hold it together, and the sky makes a good background.

Next, I reversed the colors, so it looks like a color negative:

Returning to the original colors, and posterizing:   
I played with the slider to increase the number of colors until I liked the result.

Next (and last), the posterized edit with Duo-Tone:
There are a lot of color options for foreground and background in this tool. I don't remember which ones I used, but I think the result is really pretty.

I had a lot of fun playing around, I may show you more in later posts!


Viola said...

It's real fun to play with photos like you have done here! =) and they are beautiful!
each one giving a different feeling.. :) exciting!

Vores have said...

Good morning Dimple.
Great pictures you show of a tree with catkins.
Wishing you a happy Easter Sunday.
Hugs Hanne Bente

Leovi said...

That delicious, sweet pictures, I am filled with peace, lovely variations

EG CameraGirl said...

I think alder catkins are lovely too. I like how you've played with your photo!

RobertN said...

I like Picasa too. Best wishes!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You are having lots of fun -- I didn't know about that reverse the color thing -- as I said, you play much better than I do! Thanks for sharing and giving me more ideas and something to aim for!!

DUTA said...

I like both the original pictures and the ones tht are the result of your playing with colors.
When it comes to photos and colors, you reveal real mastership.

DUTA said...

I like both the original pictures and the ones tht are the result of your playing with colors.
When it comes to photos and colors, you reveal real mastership.

Mildred said...

Very nice variations! Can't decide which one to pick. Love them all!
Thanks for sharing. And thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment;o)

Hope you are having a fabulous week****

NitWit1 said...

Personally I think Picasa does about as much as most of us need in photo editing and much less expensive (free can't be beat) than Photoshop Elements. I have several photoediting programs, but little time to be creative, it seems.

Wendy said...

Amazing photos! Sometimes I think technology is such a curse, but here you've reminded me that it has its uses too. Very cool!

Maggie May said...

Sounds like you're having really good fun and the results are very pleasing.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Crown of Beauty said...

Your photos are amazing!

It is always a joy for me to see what new picture you have posted.