Belinda Hudnall Keller  

Tie-Dyed by Belinda Hudnall Keller

January 2021 - Tie-Dyed

About the Image(s)

Happy New Year! I am hoping this year is nicer to everyone!

This was done quite quickly on my phone using Snapseed and Pixlr. I took the photo in low light. It's a typical red Poinsettia, but I changed it up. In Pixlr I chose the Atomic effect and used the slider to adjust until the leaves and center were somewhat separated from each other and color was somewhat muted. In Snapseed I removed a couple of flaws in the leaves with the Healing tool, then added a vignette. I liked the painterly look and wild colors. They reminded me of beachy things and tie-dyed colors. On my tablet at this size, the image seems to lose alot of resolution, and I couldn't gain back the sharpness of the original. There was no happy medium, so I'm curious to know if what you see is too soft. It may have to do with the Pixlr app which will be something to remember for the future.

Samsung Galaxy s9
F/1.5, 1/9, ISO 1000

Pixlr: Atomic effect adjusted
Snapseed: Healing tool to remove flaws; vignette adjusted

4 comments posted

Phillipa Frederiksen   Phillipa Frederiksen
Personally I don't mind the soft leaves because the centre is nice and sharp. Sometimes I take the image into a layering program (I use Superimpose) then place the original on top. I then erase the parts of the original, trying to keep the sharp edges. I guess it might be nice for the front leaf to have sharp edges but Its not a matter of life and death!   Posted: 01/08/2021 15:46:29
Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Thank you! I've never used Superimpose but will investigate. I have always wondered how that is done.   Posted: 01/08/2021 17:31:44

Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
Happy New Year!
You did a great job by changing the red color of the poinsettia into the tie-dyed color. The painterly look usually has an overall softness. For this image, the center of the flower is sharper than the leaves but it does not contain the interesting details as expected. I'd prefer to soften the center area as well to let the viewers's eyes focus more on the beautiful colors of the leaves.   Posted: 01/09/2021 23:31:38

Ruth Holt   Ruth Holt
Interesting soft colors; it does remind me of tie-dye. The center might not stand out as much if you muted it a little more; as is, that seems to be the main focus.   Posted: 01/11/2021 09:33:09


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