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

12 comments:

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!

Cher said...

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

Teri C said...

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

Jess Mendez said...

Hi how are you?

I was looking through your blog, and I found it interesting, and inspiring to me, so I thought why not leave you a comment.

I too have a blog that I use out of Southern California here in San Diego.

Mostly it is a collection of artistic expression, and I have many friends with the same interests, maybe you can become my friend, and follow, and I can also follow you, if that is okay.

Well I hope to hear from you soon, and or read about you….LOL

Sincerely,
Jesse

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!

Icy BC said...

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

Pam 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.

Arasu said...

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

Lindy MacDuff said...

Very intriguing, artistic, beautiful results from one photo!