Never give up on a great, crappy photo.

June 09, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

What a great photographic age we live in.  Digital cameras!  What a wonderful advancement!  But then you consider all the fabulous software and it's no wonder so many folks are being turned onto photography. 

Here's a photo I took on a camping trip about 40 years ago.  Back then, developing photos was an expensive proposition, and many of us poorer folk settled for 35 mm slides as a cheaper alternative.  That's how this photo survived for 40 years, as a slide that bounced around from house to house, state to state.  I'm amazed it survived at all.

Not long ago, I unearthed my long ignored box of slides and scanned them to my Mac.  They were fabulous memories, but horrible photos.  But this slide caught my attention, and I hated to waste it.  I opened it up in Photoshop Elements, and opened the Filter menu.  It defaulted to Posterized, and I was amazed how nice it looked without even making an adjustment.  I decided to save it right there, as is, and that's what you see here.  I call this "On Golden Pond". 

On Golden Pond - Watercolor

Elements has dozens of filter effects to play with.  You can make your favorite photo look like an oil painting, add frames and mattes, or create something a bit more abstract.   I used my telephoto lens to capture a full moon in Tucson one evening, and I've been wondering what to do with that nice photo.  A couple years ago, I took a photo of the river in Florence, Italy.  While I liked the layout on that photo, the sky was washed out and the overall photo just didn't make it.  Now recently, I saw a movie of Venus passing in front of the Sun.  The movie had a very pretty red sky, which for some reason made me think of the other two photos.  I made a screen capture of that red sky, and used Elements to blend all three images into the following, which I call "Florence Moon".


Florence 2

 

My point is that if a photo has some magical aspect to it, but the photo itself isn't that great, think about other uses.  Just maybe, you can turn it into a winner.

Also, please note that I am happy to create an "oil painting" version of any photo from my galleries.  Just contact me and I'll show you what it will look like before you purchase.

 


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