It truly is.
I love cooler days, pleasant warmth of the sun, beautiful colors, the abundance of nature’s products…True, it is raining today, but I like even that…Coming home to my favorite blanket and book, reading while the rain beats on my windows.
For this week’s ABF Forum, I decided to work on this image. I took it on my usual stroll with Berta, down by the river. I could see there was so much richness hidden in it and I was right.
It needed so little work, for a great result. Although I saw it from the start, still I was surprised with the golden tones and the glow.
I imported the image into PicMonkey, used Orton and tilted it a bit, to give it more dynamic look. Easy peasy!
Please, join us in this fun challenge, we would love to see more faces. If you are new to the AfterBeforeFriday Forum, hop over to Ben’s blog Aperature64. There you will find all the info you need and all our images in one place.
Another Friday, another ABF Forum. This is our second week in our new home, Ben’s Aperature64. It is warm and cozy, with free cookies and hot chocolate, so do not hesitate to join us.
For this week I decided to show the before of an image I published last month, as a part of the post about animals in Milan. With the help of my editing programs I cleaned this little patch of nature, exposing the beauty that lies beneath.
Since this is a public park and I was just a visitor, I didn’t feel comfortable enough to actually do something about it. When I came back to Zagreb, I cleaned up a part of abandoned public space behind my building and I am planing to do it again and plant some flowers for spring. Neighbours usually look at me like I am crazy, some congratulate me, some smile, but in thirty years that I am doing it, not once any of them joined me. But that will not discourage me in my efforts to make at least one corner of this planet beautiful.
If you are new to the AfterBeforeFriday Forum, hop over to Ben’s blog Aperature64. There you will find all the info you need and all our images in one place.
Mwahahaha!!!! I tricked you all, my minions! From now on I am the one and only host of After Before Friday Forum!!!
Ok, ok…just this Friday. Our Mom Stacy is enjoying some family time, so we are temporarily gathered here. There will be a post from Stacy with all the usual stuff and one big reveal – September One Photo Focus Reveal. It will be one from Benjamin Rowe of Aperture64 and I do hope it’s a bug. 😛 For all the details check her blog Visual Venturing.
Moving on to this week’s ABF submissions.
Submitted by Michelle Lunato Michelle Lunato Photography
Submitted by Emilio Pasquale Photos by Emilio
The original image was taken during our 3 year wedding anniversary spent on the Queen Mary, which has been moored in Long Beach Harbor (California) since 1967.
Submitted by Lynne Ayers Beyond the Brush Photography
Submitted by Katie Prior Drawing with Light
Big thanks to Loré this week for taking on the responsibility of the ABForum whilst Stacy takes a well-earned break. Continuing with my experimenting with Photoshop, I have been playing at turning a photo into a sketch. See my post for more details.
Submitted by Robin Kent PhotographybyKent
Submitted by Loré Dombaj Snow's Fissures and Fractures
I say 😛 :
I just wanted the image to look more vibrant and shiny. So, I polished it a little, cropped more tightly and adjusted exposure and colors. Nothing fancy, I liked this image from the beginning, hence modest editing.
That’s it folks for this edition of ABF Forum. Be sure to visit every participant and say something nice. 😉 Thank you all who sent their images, visited, left comments or cookies…Next gathering is on September 4, over at Stacy’s Visual Venturing.
Have a nice weekend!
And I am back!
I know you missed me like crazy. 😛 It is good to be back in the world of ABF, I must confess I missed this little gathering of ours.
What to say about this week’s edit? This is an image from my vacation in Italy, from my favorite place for the afternoon rest. It is the end of the Parco Sempione, where the Castello Sforzesco begins. Berta and I spent many hours walking around the park and resting on the benches right at this spot.
In this edit I wanted to bring the image closer to the memory of that sunny afternoon, when the sun was playing game of shadows on the walls of the Castello. The original is rather bland, so I played with the colors and the exposure, until I got what I wanted. As I said it on Stacy’s blog, I used one of my tricks and it wasn’t flipping. 🙂 I stretched the image horizontally, for about 15%. I don’t know, it looks better this way. It is funny how the stretching changed the angle of the image.
As usual, all my editing was done in PicMonkey.
Now, hop over to Stacy’s Visual Venturing to check what other crazy people did to their image and what is the image we are collectively going to ruin for our August One Photo Focus.
As always, have a fabulous weekend…hopefully running around with your cameras.
It is always interesting to choose an image for ABF Fridays. This one I knew I would feature here, the moment I took the image.
I hope my cousin wont get mad for publishing this photo without his written consent. 😀 But it is such adorable image, I couldn’t help it. I managed to sneak up on them one afternoon while they were resting. Apparently , not on Berta.
Not too much effort in this edit, my biggest intervention was to remove a speck of dust on Berta’s head. Everything else was just tweaking and adjusting to get this dreamy effect.
There are some changes to ABF Fridays, we are featuring One Photo Focus on the first Friday of the month and After Before Forum on the third Friday of the month. So, we cut back to give ourselves some time to breathe over the summer. And to get out and take more image. Please, hop over to Stacy’s blog Visual Venturing to check out other after/befores.
I was wondering what would be my theme for this week’s ABF. As it is probably noticeable by now, I like to do different things, various approaches, question what I know or think I know.
To me, ABF was never a place to just show my “before” and the best version of “after”, but the place where I can brainstorm all of my ideas, learn many new things and get the feedback. I admit, it hit me harder than I anticipated, the first time I got a critique. Fortunately, I got over it very quickly and today I can laugh at that. Sensitive little flower. 😛
My point is, although this is a virtual world composed of bytes and pixels, this is my favorite place to hang around.
Ok, enough of all that mushy mushy stuff…moving on to this week’s subject.
It happens once in a million, but there are images I really like how they were taken originally. This is one of them. For the sake of argument, I played around and posted the best “after” version. Still, I prefer the original.
I don’t know how many of you know this, but I don’t actually own a camera. My best friend buys cameras and rarely uses them (I could strangle her 😛 ), so I manage to borrow the equipment from her.
I took this image last October, when I was visiting our local flea market, with my friend’s Canon EOS 500D. I was so exited, because I used it for the first time. As I was already participating in ABF and Leanne’s MMC, I tested my acquired knowledge. I remembered Stacy’s post about shooting from the hip, so I spent the entire morning just clicking without actually looking through the eye of the camera. I had a blast!
I think that is way I like the “before” image so much. For the first time I realized I could take a quality image and not just pretend to know what I am doing. I am sure someone else could edit this image in way that would blow my mind, but I couldn’t get any “after” that I liked more.
My lesson for this week – what is better, after before or before after, it is all in the eye of the beholder.
I will not participate in May One Photo Focus and probably all May ABFs, because I will be on my vacation and traveling. That will not stop me from following what all of you will be doing, so keep up the good work and have fun.
Please, be so kind and check other wonderful entries on Stacy’s blog Visual Venturing.