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Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturation

This week I am  working on creating a panorama for my Photoshop class.  It is a series of gravestones that includes this image:

ISO 250 50mm 0ev f/1.8 1/400

ISO 250 50mm 0ev f/1.8 1/400

In the panorama there will be a panning to the left to reveal other gravestones.  But as I was looking at the image and thinking about this week’s photo challenge theme saturated, I was thinking about not only the amount of color but the actual color and the texture.

I also, just a few days ago, downloaded some free software from DXO and Sony.  It is DXO FilmPack 3 which is free to download until October 31, 2013.  I had installed it and have it  running as a plug-in in both Aperture and Photoshop. The software allows you to give your digital image the feel of film.  So, here is that same photo with a Kodak Elite Chrome 400 filter:

ISO 250 50mm 0ev f/1.8 1/400

ISO 250 50mm 0ev f/1.8 1/400

Completely different isn’t it?  What do you think?  I like it, but I think for my panorama project I will stick with the green version.  I’m also thinking that I am going to be able to find a lot of uses for this software.  I will also say, that I think it is fairly easy to use.  I didn’t really dig into it, but I got it up and running really quickly which is something that I always appreciate.

I’ll also tell you that I found this software thanks to another blogger, Lignum Draco.  I have included a link to a recent post of his that I enjoyed.  He does mostly street photography, which is something I almost never do.  I enjoy looking at the work of photographers whose images are a lot different than mine.  You never know where you will find inspiration or free software, so I’d like to thank him for blogging and sharing his work.

Thoughts about my images? Do you also look to the work of others for inspiration? Feel free to leave a comment below.



38 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturation

  1. Michele Bourdeau says:

    It looks like you got down low for the shot and I think that makes it very effective. I look forward to seeing the panorama. That software does look like fun so thanks for passing along the info. And, yes, one of the things I like about taking photo classes is seeing the work of others.


  2. Interesting to compare the digital to the “film” versions. The “gold” tone in the film version washes out some of the detail–I think. I agree–stick to the “green” version for your project.


  3. Interesting! I remember using Kodachrome, which always gave ‘warm’ images, as opposed to, say, Fujifilm which had more of a blue cast, so your greens really would be green! I’m just off for a wander over to Lignum Draco…


  4. Sonel says:

    I just the effect you got on the second photo PJB. Stunning and I love it. It’s a great shot as well and thanks for the link to the plugin. I like trying new software and this looks quite interesting. Much appreciated. 😀 *hugs*


  5. You are very inspiring, in that I want to go play with the editing on my photos after I read your posts. I’ve also been playing with the settings on my camera (I use a point and shoot Nikon Coolpix) and it takes some getting used to when to use which settings. I don’t always make the best choices. So far I’ve learned when it matters, I should just choose the auto-mode and let the camera decide. Maybe if I play around enough, I will make better choices when it counts.


    • I think that auto mode is a great place to start. If it is a situation where you have some time after that first auto shot, you can take a look at the result on the back of the screen and think about what you would like to have in the image and adjust your settings and see what you come up with. Auto mode often gives you a solid base and for those times when you just have one shot and aren’t certain. It can be the difference between having a photo and not having a photo. Editing photos later can be fun and time consuming 🙂 Thanks for commenting.


  6. poppytump says:

    I like both actually PJB . The second set of gravestones look like they have an almost ‘mirrored’ suface . Interesting .
    Seems like you are enjoying your workshops 🙂


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