Summer Challenge “Creative Tweaking”

Written by Hockomock Joe on . Posted in Monthly Challenge

We tried this type of challenge last year and had some fun with it. I have posted an image and you are asked to creatively alter it. Remember, your final look should be recognized as coming from my original.

 

I’ll have Phil attach it to the Musings so you should have a good size to work with. Take notes on what you did to your tweak and send them along with your finished image (sized correctly) to me.

 

Here is the image you will be tweaking. . .

May June Challenge

 

 

And, the tweaks are off and running. . .

Enriched Sunflower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Joe’s “Enriched Sunflower

 

Camera RAW

-       Processed for white balance, lens correction and basic tweaks

 In CS5

-       Selected the sunflower, inverted the selection and then desaturated the background

 -       NIK Plug-ins

-       Passed through to get to NIK Plug-ins

-       In Viveza to enhance the colors

-       In Color Efex Pro IV to extract more of the details

-       In Silver Efex Peo 2 for a final color enhancement 

In CS5

     -  Sharpened 

 

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2. Ed E.’s “Sunflower Rendition

 

In Lighroom:
- Used “Crop Overlay” to eliminate some of the background on bottom of photo
- Used “Spot Removal” to eliminate hot spot on lower right of photo

In Perfect Photo Suite 8
- Added “Light Leak” filter
– Added vignette

 

May June Challenge EB Pencil Sketch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Ellen’s “Pencil Sketch

In Picasa

  – Used “pencil sketch”, and “graduated tint”.

 

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4. Ruth’s “Sun Painting on the Wall

 

In Photoshop:

- Selected the flower and cut it out.

- Used the oil painting filter in photoshop on the flower and layered it on an image of a painted wall to make it look like it was painted there 

 

How sunflowers are made

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Mariann’s “How Sunflowers Are Made!

 

In PS Elements:

- I started with a new canvas, painted it and added a lens flare,

After that it was a series of cut and paste – simple

 

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6. Deedee’s “Oil Painterly Sunflower

 

In PS CC

 - Added a layer and used Blur Filter

 - Added another layer and used Oil Paint Filter

 - Cropped it

 - Added layer mask to bring back focused green underside

In Lightroom

- Increased clarity, vibrance and then adjusted orange, yellow, and green sliders.

 

Rich Reynolds_Sunflower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Rich’s “Fabric-backed Sunflower

In CS6
- used selection tool to select just the flower and stem
- deleted background
- rotated flower to a pleasing angle
- cloned in additional stem
- cropped image
- went into Nik Color Effects and used detail enhancer to bring out the details in the stem and petal
- used color contrast to both darken the yellow and extend its range into the oranges – saved
- back in CS6 added a background of blue painted cement which I then placed under the sunflower layer
- added a background of canvas
- went back and activated the cement layer and created a mask and revealed some of the canvas around the edges
- went back and activated the sunflower layer and duplicated that layer
- used the oil paint filter and created an oil paint version of the flower
- went back to original sunflower layer and created a mask and revealed the stem and green back as the oil painted section.
-  saved and flattened image resized and formatted

 

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8. Jac’s “Sunflower with a Twist


In Picture Window Pro

 - cropped picture
 - Transformation — Special Effects — Edge
 - Transformation — Special Effects — Spiral
 - Transformation — Composite  2nd inside of 1st and minimized

 

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9. Marian’s “Kaleidoscopic Sunflower

 

In Picture Window 32

-       used special effects-kaleidoscope 12  

-       edge method-lapacian

-       lightned

-       color space-HSV

 

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10. Pat I.’s “Framed Sunflowers“ 

 

In Photoshop Elements


 - Made several layers with a wet glass filter applied

 - Manipulated size and orientation of sunflower in each layer.  

 - Added the window frame as the top layer

 

Bi-Monthly Challenge – “Purple!”

Written by Hockomock Joe on . Posted in Monthly Challenge

March / April Challenge, 2014 

 

P U R P L E!

 

It’s been a while since we have featured a color so PURPLE ends that drought! Size as you would for competition and send it to Joe. The ONLY rule is that the image must be shot from March 1st to April 30th of 2014!

 

The January/February Challenge of Utensils had eleven submissions.

 

1. Joe’s “Need I Say More?

Color Purple

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(this idea was NOT taken from Lynne’s comment the other night as I had checked the book out on 2/26)

 

2. Jac’s “Purple Haze over the Town River“ 

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3. Marian’sPurple Potato Slices

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4. Steph’s “Mardi Gras Wannabe Beads!“ 

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5. Jim’sPurple Door

jim Purple Door (1 of 1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Kathy K.’s “Lenten Purple

Kathy K Purple

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Ruth’s “Edible Purple Asparagus

ruth asparagus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Deedee’s “Purple Threads

Deedee purple

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Al’s “First Crocuses of 2014″

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10. Mariann’s “And, Now a Word from Our Sponsor!

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11. Jeff W.’sBirdhouse for Peeps!

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Bi-Monthly Challenge – “Utensils”

Written by Hockomock Joe on . Posted in Monthly Challenge

January / February, 2014

 

If it’s January, it must be time for another round of bi-monthly challenges. Tip of the lens cap to those who submitted for the Nov/Dec “Reflections” as we had sixteen images! 

 

Now this one should be a little easier – these items can be found in your kitchen and other rooms around your house. You don’t even have to go outside! Only rule: must be shot anytime AFTER December 31, 2013. 

 

1. Early Bird Jim’s “Mortar and Pestle”

Jim January Challange (1 of 2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Joe’s “Writing Utensils

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(Did you count seven?)

 

3. Ellen’sGetting to the Core

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4. Jac’s “Antique Kitchen Thingamajig“ 

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5. Marian’s “Antique Sausage Stuffer

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6. Ruth’s “Sparkling Spoons!

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 7. Kathy K.’s “Service for a Giant“ 

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8. Mariann’s “Falling Utensils

Marainn falling utensils

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 9. Deedee’s “Vermonter’s Essentials

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10. Phil’s “Moving Utensil

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11. Al’s ”Cooktop Utensil – a Bird’s Eye View”

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Bi – Monthly Challenge – “Reflections”

Written by Hockomock Joe on . Posted in Monthly Challenge

It’s been a while since I threw a new challenge your way, so here it is!

 

For November and December, I’m collecting “Reflections!“ 

As always the image must be shot after November 1st of this year. Size it as you would for HDP projections and send it to me (Joe Kennedy)!

 

"Reflecting of Fall"

“Reflecting on Fall”

 

 

 

Steph’s “Window Reflection

Steph Reflection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jac’s “Watery Reflection“ 

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Joe’s “Self-Reflection“ 

Self Portrait

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ron’s “Reflective Pond

Ron Reflective Pond

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marian’s “Reflection of a Tree

Marians Reflection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David the Lee’s “High Rise Reflection

David L Sunset of Boston High Rise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Joyce’s “Mirror Pond

Joyce Ball

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pres. Phil’s “Reflection in a Skyscraper

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Ruth’sCity within a City

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Deedee’s “Carousel Reflection

Deedee Carousel Mirror

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rick’s “ReFALLection!

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Al’s “Well-rounded Reflection

Al_A Well Rounded Reflection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rich’s “Reflection of Maine

rich Reflections of Maine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marian’s “Reflecting Upon a Buck

(I never post two from one member, but this was the exception)

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Jeff T.’s “Reflections of a Blue Knight

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Phil N.’s “Quincy Shore Reflection

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Jeff W.’s “Braga Bridge Reflection“ 

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