Photograph to Portrait in less than 5 minutes

I think I’ve posted more than enough pictures today so I’ll put these in a blog.

Less than an hour at Stanborough Lakes this afternoon but this Swan caught my eye even with the Heron and Cormorant distractions. I think it was the bow wave that did it.

Original photograph shows how dull and overcast it was and is a bit lifeless and flat.

The second shows how a few simple tweaks of brightness and contrast changed it into a portrait.

Not everybody likes ‘shopped photos but I don’t mind as long as they don’t pretend to be original.

Any thoughts or comments ?

Comments

27 Jan, 2011
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muddywalters said:

It's great John. I'm still trying to get to grips with resizing and photos coming out sideways . . . lol!

27 Jan, 2011
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littlewren said:

Think its lovely.I have just found out how to "tweak" John and enjoying looking back at old photos and seeing how I can improve......as you say if honest about it there is no harm.......I find that because I cant use my camera properly then the exposure is always wrong.....by altering it it makes such a difference so really just using the computer as opposed to the camera....I think it was Alan T who said it has to be a good photo to start with.....I have to admit I am not keen when it goes a little too far with colours and cloning,although I can see how it makes for a brilliant photo, but then that is just my very very humble opinion....

27 Jan, 2011
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kenrick said:

When you take a picture, first of all, it's for you. Secondly, if you tweak it, crop it and frame it, it's for you. Lastly, if anyone else say they like it, it's an added bonus and makes it all the more worthwhile.

27 Jan, 2011
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muddywalters said:

It reminds me of an ice sculpture John.

27 Jan, 2011
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littlewren said:

well said Kenrick

27 Jan, 2011
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david said:

I have only recently "discovered" tools I already had in my PC, for editing pics. I try not to have to use them, if possible, but they are useful, as you say, with pics taken on dull, overcast days.

27 Jan, 2011
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jane said:

Agree with Muddy..a perfect ice sculpture John...its lovely..

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