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© janet m. webb 2015

On the rare fifth Monday of the month, our challenge is to play with editing with various apps, then share our creations (masterpieces?) with the blogging world.  I don’t know if the blogging world is ready, but here goes.  The most difficult part of setting up this post was trying to find my first photo.  As I have a PC and the app is for Apple products, I edited the original photo on my phone, then emailed it to myself.  Once I was able to find it on my laptop, I had a terrible time figuring out how to get it into Picasa so I could add my name and the date.  It took a ridiculous amount of time.  Hopefully, next time I’ll remember how I did it!

The first photo is a Distressed FX edit of a leaf covered with raindrops.  To me, it has the feel of a Klimt painting and I love the rich colors.

copyright janet m. webb 2015

The second photo is a Matter edit of the bottom of a glass with bubbles, sitting on a coaster from Cafe Milagro in Costa Rica.  Of course, the pyramid was added.  Thanks to Allan of Ohm Sweet Ohm, master of apps, for turning me on to Matter.

copyright janet m. webb 2015

For the last Phoneography Challenge of 2014, we’re playing with editing.  Since I’m running out of space on my blog, I’m going to use medium-sized photos. If you click on a photo, you can see it in a larger size.  Hope you enjoy the results of the editing.

I’ll be driving from Philadelphia to Akron, Ohio today and then back to Naperville on Tuesday, so forgive my tardiness in replying to comments and visiting other posts.  I’ll get there eventually.  🙂

Original (slightly cropped):


Neon with vignette:


Neon with a lighter vignette, drop shadow, and a bit of shadow:




Just for fun, heat map added to Holga-ish:


Which strikes your fancy?  Next week, we’ll be entering 2015.  I hope it’s a wonderful year for you, filled with lots of photo opportunities.

Every so often, a fifth Monday occurs and that’s the time Phoneography Challenge goes wild with “Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.”  I’m playing with dogs, so to speak, this week.  This is Zoe, adopted by a friend and her husband.  Zoe can jump three feet or so straight up in the air and loves to perch on the edges of couches or cushy chairs.  Here she is in a moment of relaxation and after that, I have a little fun with her.

The original: the one, the only, Zoe

The original: the one, the only, Zoe


So I got me a pen and a paper and I made up my own little sign
I said, “Thank you, Lord, for thinkin’ ’bout me. I’m alive and doin’ fine.”
Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind
Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?

Five Man Electrical Ban

These signs weren’t blocking the scenery, but I enjoyed them for a variety of reasons.  Then I applied some editing fun.  Here are the results. 


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I couldn’t pass up the chance to play with editing, so I’m participating in today’s Sunday Stills Challenge, “Modify My Pic.”   We’ll start with the photo provided for modification.

Sunday stills

Here are my modifications, all courtesy of Picasa 3.

Sunday stills

Here’s one with a very different feel.

Sunday stills-001

For links to other submissions, click on the highlighted link above.  You’re welcome to play, too.

To edit or not to edit, that is the question.  And it’s a question that for me, until recently, had only one answer:  No, the photo should be able to stand on its own.

But after participating for a time in Sally’s weekly challenge, I began to change my mind and also to realize that the spectacular photos I saw, the ones I’d love to hang on my wall, were likely edited.  I began to experiment just a bit.  Was a photo of a beautiful place taken in less-than-marvelous light?  I could fix that and convey what it really looked like.  Did someone or something slip into the perfect shot just as I took it.  I could humanely remove them from my finished product.  Did I want to just have fun with a photo and come up with something wild and crazy.  Editing was the way to go.  I began not only to use editing but to enjoy it.

The official challenge this week, the elusive fifth Monday, is “Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.”  And the themes for Week Four are ” Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel). (Animals and Objects are themes.)”  Got all that?  Don’t worry; only the title is long and complicated.

We’re all familiar with using editing to enhance colors, add drama, add a frame and a copyright.  My gallery this week shows how editing literally gave me shots I didn’t know I had, something from nothing.  I took some indoor photos with my iPad, hoping against hope that they would turn out to look like what I saw and wanted to convey.  I ended with a group of photos that looked mostly like this (and some worse):


Needless to say, I wasn’t thrilled.  But I kept them for some reason and a month or so ago, I decided to apply Picasa 3 to them and see what happened.  To say I was amazed was an understatement!  By applying a variety of editing tools, I came up with photos I absolutely love.  I didn’t write down what I applied and to find out now, I’d have to reverse-edit, then do it all over again.  So I’m not going to do that.  But I think you’ll agree that the results are a big improvement on the what I thought was in the original!  I apologize for so many photos, but I wanted to give you a good idea of what can be done from virtually nothing by using editing judiciously.








And this is what was actually where I was shooting…


So I say unto you:  Go forth.  Take photos, hopefully good photos.  Then edit and enjoy.  Or not.

The Phoneography Challenge is issued on Monday morning for the entire week.  The theme/themes for each week repeat monthly and can be found included in each week’s post.  That means you can start agonizing over which photo/s to use early and set up your post at your leisure.  If you take photos with a phone or tablet, please consider joining us.  It’s fun, the people are great and you’ll see many beautiful photos.

For the Challenger’s Choice this week, I decided to take on the challenge of “Food” as my theme.  There are many wonderful food photographers and I don’t claim to be one of them.  But I do like to take photos of food I think people will enjoy hearing about and imagine eating.  I played around a bit more with editing this week and am pleased with the results.  What do you think?  Which is most appealing to you (as a photo?)

These scone are adapted just slightly from “Moosewood Restaurant New Classics” recipe.  They are delicious and distressingly healthy.  Here’s the link to the post where I shared the recipe as well as a few others:  Enjoy!  And if you try them, let me know what you thought.

Scones (edited in Picasa with Boost and Vignette)

Scones (edited in Picasa with boost and vignette)

These two burgers are from Michael Symon’s “B Spot”,  The top one, a portobella burger which, as I recall, was dubbed “Why?” (as in why would you order that when you could get a “real” burger) and came with free bacon.  I say “was” because search as I might, I don’t see it on the menu any longer.  Too bad!  It was wonderful!

Portobella mushroom burger (edited in Picasa with saturation and museum matte)

Portobella mushroom burger (edited in Picasa with saturation and museum matte)

“Lola”, also from “B Spot”, is a burger with sunny side up egg, bacon, pickled red onions, cheddar cheese.  My sister-in-law loved it, although it can be a bit messy!

"Lola" (edited in Picasa with museum matte and saturation)

“Lola” (edited in Picasa with museum matte and saturation)

What’s your choice?  Either way, you won’t walk away hungry and if you still have room, there are scones for dessert.

Now go forth and take photos!