One Photo Focus 1

Edited by Me.
Edited by Me.

Stacy from Visual Venturing is hosting the ABFriday: One Photo Focus, a photo editing challenge. Editing is something that I don’t have much experience with, so I thought this would be a good way for me to learn. Please click through the link above, the submissions are truly fantastic, it’s an amazing group of talented people. Thank you to Stacy for organising this, I know it was a lot of work!

Here is the original photo byΒ Emilio Pasquale of Photos by Emilio

Original - Photos by Emilio.
Original – Photos by Emilio.

And my edit:

Edited by Me.
Edited by Me.

Some basic notes on the editing that I did in LightRoom – increased exposure, contrast and clarity. Decreased highlights to bring out the detail in the sky.

Here are another two edits that I did:

My editing is quite undramatic compared with the other submissions, I have a lot to learn! I hope you enjoy looking through the photos in this challenge. It certainly is a challenge for me, I have limited experience, but I’m working on it πŸ˜‰

How about you? If you’ve just started experimenting with editing packages, what has your experience been?

x desleyjane

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  1. Britta says:

    I love your edits, especially the first one! Generally speaking, I prefer less dramatic editing in photography, though, which is a personal preference I guess. Your first edit really brings out the rich colors in the image…It’s quite stunning!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you Britta. I’m so glad you like them 😊 Did you see the dramatic edits on the challenge site?

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      1. Britta says:

        I did take a look at the edits on the challenge site. Lots of cool edits, that’s for sure. I definitely connected more with the simpler edits because I tend to like when an edit brings out the already existing beauty in an image rather than completely altering it as some did; it was still fun to see the dramatic edits though! πŸ™‚

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  2. Nicely done on the edited image; it looks more eye-catching.

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  3. lensaddiction says:

    I know how you feel on the learning things, I started a course on PS about a month ago and its incredibly intense but really fun. So I know how brave it was for you to submit – I remember getting LR2 for the first time and sitting down in front of it being baffled by all the options. So then I bought Scott Kelby’s book and was away laughing.

    I think you did a great job, your process is a vast improvement on the original file, and as you say its about your personal experimentation and learning, rather than going all out there for the sake of it πŸ™‚

    Hi from CHCH, NZ Btw πŸ™‚

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Hi! Thanks so much, I feel better 😊
      LR has been great for organising and tweaking my photos but yes, I have a ways to go. I have thought about getting PS as well and doing a course. I will check out the book. Thanks again – NZ, one of my favourite places!!

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      1. lensaddiction says:

        LR5 is vastly improved from the earlier versions, there is so much more you can do with it and the radial tool is amazing – there is an australian photographer Mitchell K something unpronounceble from EyeVisions – I purchased his Post Processing video course and it rocked my world πŸ™‚ much better than books but books are also helpful.

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        1. desleyjane says:

          Ok cool, thank you!

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  4. Your edits are all great! The black and white one is super as are the others with the bolder color… And the shot itself with the cars tells a story… Why are they parked there? Where was this taken? Lots of inquiry all from this one photo!:))

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Lia – they are such cool cars, aren’t they? I really like Emilio’s photo. I’m glad you like the edits, they were fun to do, and also challenging to think about what styles to go with. πŸ™‚

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      1. Yes I agree that with editing, I find it challenging in a good way because you never know if you are really done editing or else if there is just one more click and something else amazing will pop up! I do enjoy digital/iPhone photography even though at times I miss the old film and not knowing what a photo would look like until developed!!

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        1. desleyjane says:

          It’s a totally different way, isn’t it? I remember waiting for a week to get photos developed! I want to try film again actually and experiment with a dark room!

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          1. Indeed I remember opening up the mailbox and seeing the photo envelope inside! What excitement! Hope you can get to experiment with a dark room! Wow cool!
            Have a lovely weekend!

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  5. The Washout effect is very cool too!

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  6. I really like the final image and the way you have made the image pop. The wash out though is my prefred edit as it leaves the strength of the yellow creates more focus on the truck itself.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you Ben, I quite like that one as well, I wasn’t sure if it was just me ☺️

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  7. I think these are fab you shouldnt doubt your talents xx i like the brighter one and pop of colour one best. Im currently trialling corel having sort of trialled lughtroom and so far really enjoying it x

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you x.
      How is Corel compared with LR?

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      1. It is pretty complex, I am taking the tutorials. it obviously doesn’t have the filing system, but that’s fine with me as it was doing my head in but i know you have that pretty sorted. As far as editing, apparently due to the reviews, it isnt that different to photoshop etc, not being an expert and new to this I cannot tell yes or not, but i do know I like the userface so far, having fun and not losing pics or them flying all over my computer in to random places lol. Just edited my cat with Corel, first pic up using Corel x

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        1. desleyjane says:

          Oh cool, I will take a look, I didn’t realise you have a cat as well as dear Teddy.
          I have bought LR, and I like it, so will stick with it, but am tempted to add Photoshop Elements or something similar. But I really would like to do a LR course, a face-to-face classroom-style course! I get distracted when I do the online tutorials plus I like having people to compare things with and chat to while learning. A bit old-fashioned, but I can’t help it!!! πŸ˜ƒ

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          1. ah yes two cats hehe. Dear little teddy had his companion, but alas he is no more. But now he has a girlfriend right? I must show my sons that pic of your adorable one hehe x

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            1. desleyjane says:

              Oh yes! See what they think of him having a girlfriend, will they find the whole concept gross? Eeewwww – girls!

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              1. haha, he will get over it, I am still waiting for Teddy to pose, every time i go over to him though he has this habit of rolling on his back and all we get is the upside down smile lol

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                1. desleyjane says:

                  I love the upside down smile!!! X

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                  1. hah yes me too he looks like the joker cept more pretty of course x

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  8. Mara Eastern says:

    Oh! You changed your blog theme!! And it looks gorgeous, girl! Very nice job, seriously. I love the pink and grey combination, it’s so elegant yet so feminine.

    And the car photos are just stunning. I love the pop of yellow in the last edit, I’m a huge fan of partial colour and bleaching and desaturation and such…

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Oooo thank you!!! You’re the first to see it. I’n actually checking old posts at the moment to make sure they load ok. I like it too, wanted something a little more photo-based.
      Thanks SO much for noticing x.

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      1. Mara Eastern says:

        I often read new posts in my WordPress Reader, and I think many bloggers do too, so sometimes I don’t actually go over to your blog — but I’m glad I did this time to see and appreciate your work well done! πŸ˜‰

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        1. desleyjane says:

          Cheers babe! Me too, I’m almost exclusively in the Reader on my iPad, or sometimes iPhone.
          I’m nearly done…..

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          1. Mara Eastern says:

            It’s silly though to miss out on people’s blogs’ design: sure, you can read the posts in the Reader, but often, as in your case here, the way the blog looks provides for an even better experience! You actually motivated me now to take the extra step from the Reader more often πŸ˜‰

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            1. desleyjane says:

              Good one πŸ™‚
              I’m inspired to do the same!

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  9. I think you did a good job and I loved seeing all the different results. A fun challenge to take part in.

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  10. They turned out great. I use picmonkey and it does a lot of good edits! Nice work!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Terri (oops, auto correct set you to Terrible!!).
      I’ve heard a lot about PicMonkey, I might have to try it!!

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      1. Both Terrible and Terrific work for me LOL!

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        1. desleyjane says:

          Excellent πŸ˜€

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  11. love, Love, LOVE your theme choice! I’m not a fan of conventional white text on black background — too stark of a contrast. But this really works. It’s lovely.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Ooooo thank you!! Yes me too, I thought the grey and subtle pink was more soothing. Plus I love pink, so that helps πŸ˜‰

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  12. Sam Rappaz says:

    I really liked your edits. I barely edit editing – I don’t even own a proper software for it (maybe that’s why? :P) I am also rather new to photography as a hobby. I like pictures are they turn out with as little tweaking as possible. I guess people who are really good at editing make it look natural πŸ™‚

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Ooo, that’s a nice way to look at it πŸ˜„ Thanks Sam!

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      1. Sam Rappaz says:

        I just reread that comment. Your was one of the first blogs I responded to after I woke up from a long night out. *wincing* so many errors! Coffee first, blog later from now on!

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        1. desleyjane says:

          Haha! Always coffee first! Or during actually…
          Step1 – unplug phone from charger.
          Step2 – roll out of bed.
          Step3 – make coffee (especially good if you can do this with your eyes closed)
          Step4 – first sip of coffee (aaaahhhhhhhhhh)
          Step5 – begin blog reading
          πŸ˜„

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          1. Sam Rappaz says:

            Haha! Yes, ma’am. I will do that from now on. πŸ™‚

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  13. Loretta says:

    Wow, what a difference edits make. I like the contrast in both those pictures. Do some of these editing packages cost money? I just use my iPhoto that came with my mac computer, but I do see some elaborate edit packages that folks use.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Loretta! Yes, I use Lightroom. Which you have to pay for, but iPhoto can do quite a lot as well. I started using LR when I got my Olympus. It’s editing software but it also organises all my photos (over 22,000 of them) so that I can find them easily.
      There are lots of free editing softwares, but also some cool ones on the iPhone – CameraPro is my favourite but there are heaps of others.

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      1. Loretta says:

        I don’t have an iPhone, my cell is a pretty antiquated one :). iPhoto is not bad, but I would like to be able to label some of my recipes on the picture itself. I don’t think there is any “free” software for that is there? πŸ™‚

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        1. desleyjane says:

          I found this article for you, but I will take a look at what else is out there tomorrow.
          http://osxdaily.com/2013/05/16/add-text-to-photos-mac-preview/
          Night!

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          1. Loretta says:

            Oh gosh, you’re such a dear Desley, You’re going to be my go-to person on photography from now on. Thanks a ton, nighty night πŸ™‚

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  14. Hey, Desley! Nope, you’re not a beginner – each of your post-processed images is wonderful! My favorite though is the the one you chose submit. I like the saturated colors – the whole photo just pops. And, by the way, lovely new blog πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for joining in with One Photo Focus!!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you Stacy!
      And thanks for visiting my new theme. Looking forward to the next OPF!! X

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  15. My favorite is the Washout version, it really looks beautiful. All of your edits are wonderful, nothing wrong in being undramatic.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you so much. That one is probably my favourite as well, just between you and me πŸ˜‰

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