John aka AnvilCloud over at The AC is On recently posted some lovely winter/holiday photos of the Christmas decorations in the yards in his neighborhood. He has learned what fun you can have with manipulation of the original digital file. His work reflects how warm and cozy you can make a photo that just needs a hint of tweaking.
I, on the other, never take a hint. I am having fun totally smashing and crashing my way through the digital file and creating a totally different look. When I read John's post I decided I should share with my readers the reckless fun I have working with my photography hobby. And since I do not make my livelihood with this craft I can go whole out!
A month or more ago when we were slogging through the swamp to clean out the Wood Duck boxes and count the shells left behind, I took the time to photograph the lovely fall that surrounded us. The original photo (maybe some sharpening) is below.
Now below the layered, lighting manipulated photo. I am not crazy about the overexposed sky, but that was my mistake in taking the photo.
I sometimes give a standard photo more seasonal atmosphere. The photo below was taken in my backyard when the small herd of deer moved through eating the abundance of acorns that had fallen. She had turned away from eating because she heard the click of my camera and was trying to place where I was. It may have sounded like the click of gun?
Now below is a bit of a winter holiday version which was cropped and lots of layers added.
Thanks for taking the time to read through all the way!