Tweaking geraniums

Geraniums in Nantucket. I used a Florabella action and one of her textures on this.

The original photo is OK, just kind of ordinary. I’m learning to take different approaches to the same thing and mix it up with actions and textures. Sometimes you can hide flaws with textures, but not much will fix a lousy composition.  Textures should be used to add interest or drama, but that’s my opinion.

My textures are very simple at this point. The most I’ll do is one or two, and I don’t do layer upon layer. I think you can overdo,  and then the photo turns into a jumbled mess. Again, my opinion. Plus I don’t want to spend hours on one shot. I have too much to learn and do. 

Here’s the before:

Cropping is the main adjustment I make to photos. I tend to shoot tightly, especially with the macro lens, so I’ve started shooting a little larger and cropping later. I may lose a few pixels, but I can live with that. This was also the only shot of the geraniums, because I was on vacation and not in photographer mode. A difficult balance sometimes, but I think I’m making it work. I also have a very patient husband.

When I traveled years ago, I felt like I had to get every single shot, because I might not be there again.  In many cases, that was true. But I don’t want to experience everything through a camera lens. I want to just be in the places I’m visiting, especially on vacation. Sometimes you just have to put the camera down.

Hope you’re all having a good Wednesday….

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8 Responses to Tweaking geraniums

  1. I love the “tweaking” you’ve done here! Great shot made even better by your post processing. Great job!

  2. Ms. Spock says:

    I appreciate the texturing, as well as the lessons I often get from Pearls and Prose. (I know, I know; I wrote recently that I’m attracted to the natural rather than to the doctored. I ^am^ attracted to the natural, but I do appreciate what you’ve done here.)

    And, ummmm, while we’re at it, when I first laid eyes on the title of today’s offering, my instant reaction was, “Tweaking Geraniums” — a kewl name for a rock group!

    Just thought you might like to know . . .

  3. Caroline says:

    Very pretty. The first one looks almost like a Japanese (or Chinese?) painting. It’ is nice that you show how it looked before.

  4. Thanks, Caroline. That’s the look I was going for.
    I find it really helpful when other photogs show their before and afters, so thought I’d do it too.

  5. Janine says:

    Hi!!! I LOVE you photography!!!! Absolutely exquisite!!! Thanks for stopping by my place and leading me here!!!! You’ve got a new fan!! I’ll be following you!!! ~Janine XO

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