Dearest readers and shutterbugs,
Linking up my friend Terri at Second Wind Leisure Perspectives for her Sunday Stills photo challenge. I am scrambling to get this World Through My Lens, 10.21.2018 post written before this day is out, and we are onto Monday. It’s not called Monday Stills so I need to get this thing written!
The World Through My Lens, 10.21.2018
For today’s challenge, Terri asked that we share the before and after images of our attempts at photo-editing. I do most of my editing, the little that I do, on my laptop. Just as I do for all of my blog reading and writing, emailing and Facebooking. For the photo-editing on my laptop I use Pixlr. On my phone, when I edit photos for Instagram, I have used Snapseed, which is one of the 15 best photo editor apps for Android phones as mentioned in this article on Android Authority. If you take a look at that article, check out the cool effects available through Bonfire Photo Editor Pro. Would love to try it!
Here are 3 photos I took while we were in Arizona. I used Pixlr to edit these. The original photo is on the left and the edited photo on the right.
Papago Ball Park
This ball park complex is surrounded by rocks the size of mini-mountains. It is a beautiful place to play baseball.
I used a subtle effect – Ingrid filter to emphasize the arid Arizona landscape. And then I increased the contrast and decreased the brightness slightly. Ironically, our first ball games were postponed early in the week due to a full day of monsoonal rain. So Phoenix was unusually green and lush.
PC calls me his ‘baseball bunny’ because I go to many of his games here at home and of course, when he plays out of town. I was standing at the third base fence trying to catch my third baseman in action when I realized my own shadow made an interesting subject to photograph. I liked the variation of light and dark on the chain links of the fence and the black of my shadow. And the way my shadow just ran into my black shoes.
For the editing on this photo, I used a too old effect – Agatha filter and adjusted the contrast slightly. In some ways, I prefer the bold blackness of the shadow in the original because it is such a contrast to the earth tones of the ball field. Which do you like better?
I-10 Between Tuscon and Lordsburg
PC and I took turns driving home from Phoenix. When I was in the passenger seat, I enjoyed watching the changes in terrain as we drove across Arizona toward New Mexico. The photo below was shot as we zoomed along at about 80 mph so the images are not completely focused.
I used a subtle effect and Ingrid filter on this photo. Deepened the colors and the contrast, too. It was early evening and the moon was already out. I think the enhanced photo better captures the mood of the desolate prairie and the twilight sky. The purple of the sky complements the orange tones in the grass and mountain range.
I have mentioned wanting to become more familiar with my DSLR or ‘good’ camera. While these photos were taken with my Samsung phone, I am using my camera more often. One of my goals for this fall and winter is to become much more comfortable taking my fashion haus photos with my camera.
What do you take photos with? A phone? A camera? Both? Do you have a favorite photo-editing app? Please share in a comment below. Then be sure to stop by to check out Terri’s lovely photos and editing tips.
Whew, coming in under the wire…with 2 hours to spare. Started this post, then PC and I took a dip in our hot tub. Glad to get it finished before Sunday turns into Monday! Thank you for sharing a bit time here with me for the world through my lens, 10.21.2018.
Hugs and kisses,