Saturday, September 12, 2009

Surprise Sunrise

I didn't think I could see the sunrise from my backyard. But early one morning I peeked over the wall, between tree trunks, and spied a palm tree way in the distance surrounded by orange and violet sky colors. As the wind gently blew the palm fronds, the view changed. It was like looking into a kaleidoscope. Each moment was fresh and new. Neat!

I snapped this picture. Not a sharp image, but I did capture the shapes and colors.
original image

Then I played around with the image in photoshop, trying out different adjustments and filters. I'm not sure why it's so much fun manipulating photos. Maybe the element of surprise, and the chance to experiment with colors without having to clean up big messes.

mosaic, inverted colors

glass distortion

spin, inverted colors, paint

pinch, extrude

These last two are abstracted quite a bit and barely look like palms anymore. But I think they still the have the essence.

wave, crop, rough pastels

liquefy, crop, paint

cool september breeze
sunrise and palm colors dance
painting a new world


betchai said...

wow, i am amazed at how photoshop can give one picture many different looks, i don't know which one to choose as they all have their uniqueness.

Lance said...

Diane, that's a great capture. And I agree, there's something about photoshop and what it can do that can pull you in for hours, sometimes!

Cherry said...

i like the 3rd and last transformation,very unique! i love the original most of course. great capture!

Teri said...

That is a gorgeous photo and lots of fun with your alterations!

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SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Wonderful image Diane. I like the glass effect. I enjoy messing around and trying different things too.

Salitype said...

very interesting! i love the pinch extrude and the liquify, crop, paint...the colors are just perfect!

Anonymous said...

I like playing around with different effects and textures also. They are all beautiful, Diane!

penny said...

They are all wonderful, Diane. I have never tried photoshop but I see you have learned it quite well. Its always fun to try something new:)

be well, be happy... Pam

Loree said...

Photoshop remains more or less a mystery to me. I never seem to get it right.

Ezhilan said...

Like abstract art,the colorful waves look interesting.The bottom picture looks like molten lava.

Lindy said...

Very intriguing, artistic, beautiful results from one photo!