One Photo Focus – April

Stacy at Visual Venturing has us all it it again for April’s One Photo Focus, where we all edit and post process the same image, but in different ways, means and styles. This month is an image by Cee Neuner. A fabulous barn, which I decided needed a little bit of old world charm and drama.

Julie Powell_April 2016 One Photo Focus

My Version

So I replaced the sky with something far more dramatic, then I removed all the modern day bits; car, houses, telephone pole and wires. So I gave it a little fake HDR Treatment in Topaz adjust, increased the saturation, put in lots of dust, some lens aberration, wet lens effects in Nik Analog efex, added a frame and I thought it needed a pentagram, I am not sure why? There was one in the original which got a bit lost, in my edit. And there you have it.

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Cee Neuner’s Original version

This is Cee’s original version, I can’t wait to see what everyone else comes up with.

Til next time, happy snapping…


One Photo Focus – August

After last month’s edit of this Challenge, I hope no one is too disappointed this month’s edit, perhaps you are all relieved? lol. I had so much going on I really did not have as much time to play with as I would have liked. I must confess I was a little lost on what to do with this month’s image, so I just kept it very simple.

The Cobb before.dng

The Cobb before.dng

I cropped, cloned out the people and some building (?), changed the sky, added a grunge effect and some music over the top……….not really sure why. Anyway I did a couple of versions.

Sorry, I will try harder next month!! 🙂 to do something way out there!

– Julz

One Photo Focus – July

Stacy Fischer from Visual Venturing runs One Photo Focus. Every month Stacy offers us a photo which someone has taken and then encourages us to alter it in Post Processing, anyway we see fit!  July’s image is a Photo by Robyn Kent, I have dubbed it Independence Day! As soon as I saw this image I was thinking about the movie Independence Day, and the scene where the aliens attack the White House (I know this isn’t the White house…………………but bear with me anyway). I knew another epic, edit marathon was coming on again, just like last month’s House of Horror. So in view of the fact that American Independence Day is very near, I proceeded with the image in this fashion;

  1. Removed the blue sky and replaced with one of my own astrophotography pics
  2. Added the bottom of a random UFO I found online, and altered it of course, as well as a few other additional UFOs in the pic as well…………obviously a UFO attack would consist of more than one UFO!
  3. Added lightning bolts and laser beams from the head UFO to the top of the building
  4. Removed the people in the picture and replaced with people running away frightened
  5. Added a crashed UFO in the fore ground…………c’mon…………us mere Earthlings have to have a win sometimes
  6. Added alien robots chasing frightened people
  7. Add smoke and fires, giving it a hell on earth look

Picnic Dinner

Sorry Robyn, this is probably not what you had in mind when you put forth the image, but then again maybe it was!

Robin Kent One Photo Focus July

Robin Kent One Photo Focus July – Original Image

Anyway until next time…..happy snapping (and editing)….

– Julz

One Photo Focus – June

This month’s image for June’s One Photo Focus challenge is by Stacy Fischer, some may state I have gone slightly overboard, and perhaps I have, just a tad….but boy did I have some fun!! Thanks Stacy, a truly great pic. I hope you enjoy my House of Horror!

Here is Stacey original version, sorry but mine is a bit creepier!!!!!

Stacy Fischer One Photo Focus JuneWelcome to my House of Horror – So what have I done? First removed the sky and put in a stormy, cloudy sky, added a full moon and some clouds. Removed the tree from right hand side. Then using several adjustment layers I darkened the whole overall feel of the shot, leaving some areas lighter than others and darkening some of the light areas, I also removed the steeple and added a lightning rod and lightning, added bloody hand prints, cob webs, spiders and zombie in the window. I darkened all the windows and I removed all the snow and turned over dirt (even if they do look a little like fresh graves I decided tombstones was just a bit too much in a front yard!). I then added the jack’o’lantern and some glow, I added in the Mickey & Minnie shrubbery (Why? because it fools unsuspecting targets and lures them into trouble!).  I also painted in some grass and more sticks and branches to fill the gardens out a bit, I also added some fog to the fore ground. And just for one last final touch…….as there was already lights on the verandah, instead of removing them, I added brightly colored Christmas lights……because what’s a horror house without Christmas Lights? hahahahahaha. I know I spent WAY TOO MUCH TIME on this image, but it was so worth it. Normally I am a bit timid when working with Someone Else’s photo, this time I was truly inspired!

Until next time, happy snapping

– Julz