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Today, I thought, I would have some fun in Photoshop.  Using one image and seeing what I could do to it.  The image I choose to use is an iconic Australian Image.

I think nearly everyone in the Western World recognises this building, the Sydney Opera House.  I took this photo with my little Canon Ixus in 2008 when I was in Sydney for an exhibition I had some work in.  I was there with two friends, and we had taken a ride on the ferry to Manly.  Something you have to do when in Sydney.  It was late afternoon and the sun was going down.  The sun was very low in the sky, I think you can tell when you look at the sails on the House.

It isn’t an especially good photo, but I thought it was nice enough that I could see what I could do to it.

One of the first things I did was to crop it.  Get rid of all the water in the foreground.  I liked the detail in the sky, so I wanted to keep that.  I highlighted the background and darkened it a little.  I highlighted the foreground and lightened it a little.  It looks very dark on my computer, I did the editing on my laptop, so I don’t know if this computer just makes it too dark or what.  Let me know what you think.

Now that I had the image I wanted to work with, I decided to play with a few layers and some of the filters.

For this one, I only changed the sky, I put a sepia photo filter onto the background/sky and then added a red one as well.

I added a diffuse glow filter to this.  Interesting, though not really sure it works for this image.  I have used it before for people and it can be really nice.

This is using one of the artistic filters, probably the most used filters.  It is the pastel drawing one.  It is a bit weird.  I think the image was far too grainy to do anything useful with really.  I probably should take an image to do all this with.

Of course you can’t do any manipulations without making a black and white copy.  It probably is one of the best images like this.

I had to try a HDR with it.  I think the image was not good enough for it to work.  I really don’t like the pink in the sails and I couldn’t seem to get rid of it.  It really shows how grainy it was as well.  Not really the best.

I think a couple of them worked, but the rest not.  It is a good thing to do, to just experiment and try lots of different things, you start to realise what will work and what won’t.  When it is best to use an option and when not.  Start experimenting today.

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