California poppies (and art self-education)

The feature photo has no photo enhancement.

This is the same photo with Corel Painter Essentials Auto Painting->Detailed Watercolor applied. Beautiful but why…

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so faded? How to enrich it in Corel Painter Essentials, don’t know, so… (good ‘ol) GIMP, Colors->Auto->White Balance followed by Colors->Auto->Color Enhance. Satisfaction.

Poppy_Painting enhanced

This next one has Photoshop Essentials Enhance->Auto Smart Fix applied because the poppy was too out of focus and this tool improved it enough to make the photo work. Intention was poppy in focus, grass blurry but opposite achieved. (Working with LCD display in bright sunlight without knowing the camera that well, and in a hurry.) Nonetheless, this composition makes the photographer happy.

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5 thoughts on “California poppies (and art self-education)

    1. Nia Simone Post author

      Well, I’m not actually living in snow country, that’s a four hour drive, so it’s not a fair comparison. I’m so glad you enjoyed our spring colors! I really enjoyed your hot tub shot looking out to the mountains that you posted on your birthday!

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      1. susielindau

        Oh thanks Nia! We were up in Breck yesterday and got the last day of skiing in at Vail before it closed. There was a foot of fresh powder!
        Today back in Boulder, it is snowing AGAIN!!! It is supposed to be in the 30’s all week! We are getting winter in April! Usually we get snow and then sun, but the cold this late? Never!

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  1. Leanne Cole

    Haha, I love the comment about GIMP, I have to say I love the colours of the first one that hasn’t had anything to it, if you can believe it. I love the contrast between the bright orange and the grass. Though the second manipulated image is good too.

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