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I'm a stay at home mom and wife with a passion for family, creating and photography. I'm a little bit quirky and a little bit odd, but that's what makes me...well me. I'm a jack of all trades. So check back often because, to paraphrase Forest Gump's mom "I'm like a box of chocolates, you never know what your going to get.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Heirloom Strawberries.

The last few days I had been searching and trying to come up with inspiration for Artistically Amy's Color Splash Sunday. This weeks theme was a building. It shouldn't be difficult. Right? Well, I looked through my photos and looked everywhere I went for inspiration. To no avail. The inspiration hit me about 30 minutes after the link closed. Go figure. The funny thing is I had tried a different photo from this group of photos from our trip down the road to pick strawberries, and couldn't get it to where I liked it.

Even though the challenge was over, I had to still see this vision out. I use the challenges as sparks for my imagination. When a creative idea sparks you should fan the flames of creativity. Besides Thursday was coming up, and with it the before and after challenge. Oh, I think I may be developing a challenge habit.

This is the original shot with some minor cropping.


I thinks its a cute snapshot. I like Sage in the foreground and the clean lines of the rows of strawberries running back to the barn. I just wondered what it would look using the selective colors.



Besides the obvious selective coloring I also tweaked the basic settings of contrast, exposure and sharpness. I added a bit of vignetting, color brightening, and a bit of sepia tones. Then finished if off with a touch or orton-ish and a touch of focal softening on my son.

This was such a quiet moment with him. We don't get them much. He's like a little hummingbird he buzzes around until he run out of gas then he brings me his cup and asks for juice.

If you want to see other great before and after photos, by other wonderful photographers check out Pixel Perfects

16 comments:

Mom of M&Ms said...

How did you know that i love red barns?? IT is like you posted this jsut for me...Love the edits that you did too!

thanks for your comment on my Downy issue.. Not sure How I would move up the chain.. but am so ready too...Thanks for your recommenation, I am off to the store to sniff more softner LOL.

Ashley Sisk said...

This is what I love about Amy's challenge - because I don't think all selective color looks good but this is really nice and I love it. Great job.

Tara said...

Great edit!! I love the red barn and the rows leading up to it and your little one in the corner. Great photo.

Brianna said...

Oh my word, I LOVE your edit!! It's so dreamy. I could stare at it for a long while....

alicia said...

You've really transformed this one. What program do you use?

The OriginalPsyn said...

I don't have a program. I use picnik through my flickr account to do all my editing.

Sheri said...

This is really wonderful.

Courtney K. said...

Love this!! I love the brightness of the red barns against the black and white. Beautiful!

zentmrs said...

This is wonderful! Like a picture of a memory. Great job!

Mommy2Four said...

Reminds me of my country root! Love it!

I can't wait to go visit so I can photograph some old barns and farm equipment....... Love it!

*Jess* said...

gorgeous edit!

Rachel Leigh said...

I really like this!!! Its so cool!

Annie said...

I really like what you did with this! love how the red stands out. thank you so much for your sweet comment!

Angie said...

love the feeling of the edited version old time look with the twist of color

Amy said...

Gorgeous edit! I love the timeless feel of the photo, even before processing, but especially with the desaturation. I'll add your link, even though it is closed. Hope you can link up again another week! The next theme is a carnival/fair/amusement park. :)

The OriginalPsyn said...

Thanks Amy. I'm sure I will. I'm still pretty new to blogging and am trying to find a balance between the photography, blogging and family. I love selective color and I'm sure you will see me quite a bit. I love your challenge.