Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Sunflowers Make Me Happy!!!

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The weather has been so hot today that I’ve stayed inside most of the day…
I did go out to take my dogs and to keep the water filled for the birds and squirrels…
I didn’t want to do housework so I played …again…
With Picasa today…
image Graduated Tint and a film grain was used here along with a crop and some color tweaking…
image The original …
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I didn’t do anything to this one…came straight out of the camera like this…
imageThis time I took the same photo and added a little fill light, a little high light and took the color spectrum toward the blue side…
It doesn’t even look like the same photo!!!
image I applied the filtered Black and White this time…sorta hurts to take all that glorious color away!!!
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Here I deepened the shadows and added a little light…You just can’t improve on Mother Nature!!!
imageThis is the untouched version…
image Sepia tone, darken shadows and color temp all the way to red side… I sorta like this one…
If I was going to paint from this photo I would use this version since it shows the color delineation areas well…
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I added the soft focus here and deepened the shadows to the photo that was above this one…
I can’t tell a lot of difference…
Thanks for visiting and I guess I will have to tackle a little bit of that darn housework now!!!

I'm also linking to Heart and Home

35 comments:

  1. Oh, Becky! How beautiful! I love sunflowers too. Now you did get up early again and come out to this field to snap? :) You are an amazing photographer.
    I love your new header too of your precious little fuzzy face.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  2. Beautiful photographic effects, Becky! SO full of creativity!...Christine

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  3. It is fun playing with that isn't it. That is one huge sun flower.

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  4. Are you sure you like Sunflowers, Becky????? ha ha ha.... You provided some fabulous pictures. Thanks for the smile tonight...
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  5. I think this was wonderful use of your time. Housework will wait for you.

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  6. Wow, this looks great! I haven't even tried to put a simple mosaic together yet! Gotta work on that...

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  7. These are such nice photographs! I love sunflowers and they were my mom's favorite flower so growing up they were always around the house. Now I think of her when I have a bunch in a jug or a vase. It looks like you had fun playing around with the features at picasa!
    Thanks for linking up at Heart and Home!
    XO
    Heidi
    PS- there is always housework. Playing is better!

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  8. I love sunflowers! Great mosaic. I like all the different effects but to be honest, I really like the SOOC shot the best.

    ~ Tracy

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  9. Wonderful close-ups. I agree, playing with tints and such is much more rewarding than doing housework!
    Jane T.

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  10. Very pretty! I am realizing how little I know how to do with technology! This is great! Thanks! www.threepixielane.blogspot.com

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  11. Well done! I love the photos and sunflowers make me so happy too! Hope it cools down for you soon. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  12. excellent work! bright smiles for you and your sunflowers.:p

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  13. Hello! Love Sunflowers too! My post mosaic was on that Monday! they're quite majestic and lovely. Amazed at what you did with your photos!
    Great work -
    Hope you stop by, I have two giveaways this month!
    Kathy

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  14. really beautiful photos, sunflowers are lovely.

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  15. OMGoodness...these are AWESOME. I just love playing around with my photos on PhotoScape, too.
    I, too, love sunflowers...wonder why I've never tried to grow them in my tiny garden.? Gotta get some seeds to do that very thing.
    Thanks for this fun post...and thanks for coming by to see me. Please come again soon..
    I am your newest follower now. :)

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  16. Love to see how creative you were with your sunflower images. They make me happy, too! Photography and editing is really an addiction you know! I get up early and either post to my blog, work on my images or go out to photograph something and I'm always bargaining with myself..."O.K. just 15 more minutes, then I'll start the laundry." Ha

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  17. Oh Becky..... I love your puppy on your header..... so sweet!
    Sun flowers are happy flowers...... very pretty!

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  18. My favorite flower of all time.
    They are such a wonder...
    Mathematically precise...God's declaration of his genius and his artistry.


    (you are so blessed by His hand with your talent!)

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  19. Love your sunflowers. I have some now all over the house. Thanks for your comment at my place.
    ~olive

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  20. aloha, looks like you had fun experimenting with your software, i like being able to manipulate just enough to get a real feel of the photo without it going overboard and that takes practise....nice job

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  21. Lovely sunflowers...great photos

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  22. I really like the results of your playing around with Picasa. Although the originals are very good, your editing has been fabulous. I hope you'll share more of your 'playing' with us, so don't spend too much time on that housework.

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  23. I love cheerfull sunny flowers! You could certainly frame some and that would be an added excuse to NOT do the housework!

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  24. I love sunflowers too and I love your photos! Thanks for sharing!

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  25. simply gorgeous. an epitome of happy days, summer ahead!

    and i like how you show them on different effect, great captures!

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  26. just stunning...I need to try playing like that! You created art worth framing! Lezlee

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  27. Oh Miss Becky, you take amazing photos....I love the touch ups and change of color tones...really neat!

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  28. It is amazing what a little tweaking can do! Wonderful photos!!

    Thanks for commenting on my arbor my son made for me! I sure love showing it off!

    bee blessed
    mary

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  29. Beautiful!! I wish I was as expert with my PhotoShop. It's hard to believe but you were able to improve on a sunflower!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by The House on the Corner. Good Luck on the give away!!

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  30. P.S. ~ LOVE your header!! Such a sweet face!

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  31. It is such fun to play around with Photo Shop. But I think the real thing is the glory with sunflowers.

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  32. Absolutely gorgeous photos and processing!!

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  33. I love sunflowers too! They mayke me very happy! I planted Mammoth sunnies in my backyard this year and I'm really hoping they make a beautiful showing. Thank you for you sweet comment on my Mosaic Monday post. Your photos here are lovely!
    :-D
    Amanda

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