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Weekly Photo Challenge: Variations on a Theme

One of my favorite things about photo editing is that is fairly easy to create many variations on a single photograph. When processing my photos I create many versions, saving various edits along the way. For example, I started with this photograph:

ISO 320 50mm f/16 1/320sec

Created many including these below:

Before settling on this one:

ISO 320 50mm f/16 1/320sec

This final version perhaps sums up the title of the post, Variations on a Theme. I’ve created a combined color and black and white version. I then boosted the overall warmth of the whole image to unify the piece a bit, as the starkness of combining the two seemed a bit jarring.

It was an interesting experiment, but I like the original color version better than any of the other versions. What do you think of the various takes, do you have a favorite? For the purpose of this post, I kept all of my variations, but eventually, I will go back and delete the ones I don’t care for. I may even make another one. Β This ability to create and destroy is a very liberating advantage to editing digital photography, do you agree? Feel free to leave a comment below.



24 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Variations on a Theme

  1. I really like the original colour version. The blue peeking out from the background is a very nice touch. Also really like your creativity with the last shot. Looks like a lovely tiled mosaic πŸ™‚


  2. Hi Amy – I like the color triptych most here – and I liked it in the smaller version as it appeared in the collage. The larger image of it was clear and nice, but when I was viewing it the top row felt “off” – yet that very top row felt like it was moving a little (wind or breeze0 when I view it in collage.
    So it had a different vibe from that perspective.
    I did like your variations here and the b&w is my choice over the color.
    and I so agree on the digital perks – but I wonder if I should be printing more photos just for future generations to have (well family pics- ya know?) do you print a lot of pics?

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  4. Amy, I really was taken with the first photo in this post, something very peaceful and yet filling (suggests bread, maybe?) about the images. I could almost feel the feather edges of the grass. And even though the colors in the photo are all brown or tan, it didn’t feel dull or uninteresting. Nice!

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