Digital Colour Corrections

Sometimes I find it frustrating that my watercolour paintings (including this abstract leaf print) always dry so much paler (and less vibrant) than I might like, but luckily with easy digital manipulation I’ve discovered I can visually ‘correct’ the colour when photographing and saving it as a digital image!

Here is the original painting before and after whacking up both the contrast and saturation by 30 (whatever that numerical value represents!) – I’d wanted it to feel like a bright explosion of colour, not a dull disappointment… 🙂

Fandango’s One Word Challenge: Before

Creative Blur

I’ve been messing about with one of the floral art images I posted the other day – it started life as an image of dahlias growing in the garden, turned into a negative using the green channel, then I’ve taken a zoom burst photograph of the resulting image on my laptop screen – et voila! Both creative and blurry! 🙂

Bright Colours

Bright colours to cheer me up on a Sunday, just because… I took a close-up picture of a vase of tulips on a long exposure while moving the camera diagonally, then turned the image from a positive to a negative… it made such lovely colours! 🙂

Variations on a Theme

Sometimes I take a photograph of something and think – nope, the difficult light and dull colour is all wrong, that’s just too boring an image to keep. But often there’s something about it that means I don’t want to trash it completely…

That’s what happened with this cactus flower sitting on my kitchen windowsill, I loved the shape of the flower outline but nothing else about the shot. So I uploaded the image to a free online filter site and played about with a few different filter effects until I found some I liked…

Here are my three favourites, variations on a theme of adding some colour without detracting from the pale flower shape – much better! 🙂

Flower of the Day

Weekly Prompt: Variation

Positive and Negative

In the garden my purple allium heads are all fire-worked out, but to me their scantily-clad spherical skeletons are still really photogenic even in their decidedly-past-it phase.

I took this close-up shot of one large head with three slightly smaller heads immediately behind and below, together making up the entirety of the slightly fuzzy background. I really liked the continuous blend of purples and greens and darker and lighter shades in about equal proportions, so I flipped it into a negative rather than a positive image to see how it turned out. What was green is now purple, what was purple is now green, what was light is dark and what was dark is light. But the overall balance remains, just as opposites, so it works just as well as the original!

Not sure which version I like best, so I’m posting both side by side. I really like the softness of the positive image and the vibrancy of the negative. What do you think? Any preferences? 🙂