Friday, August 28, 2009

Photo Hunt #52: Surprise


red, originally uploaded by M'roy.

You must be asking what does a bloom from a succulent had to do with the theme, right? Okay here goes the story:

Most of the images I feature here are SOOC (straight out of camera). And sometimes I crop a bit, or auto fix a bit. Shame on me and my three or four photo editing software (none of them was a PhotoShop) for not utilizing them.

So one day, I got this totally washed out image of a succulent that I was going to delete because it was completely crappy. But before I hit delete, I thought I'd use it as a guinea pig to test the buttons on my software. And just when I decided to remove almost all the gamma, this was the result. Boy was I surprised! I loved how dramatic it turned out. Not only did I not delete the image, I showcased it for photo hunt theme of surprise.

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30 comments:

Mar said...

No idea what you did but it's fantastic :)
Surprise! my post is up...

Carver said...

What a great idea for the theme and a beautiful shot. Happy weekend.

Liz said...

Excellent fixing! Great photo.

Kayni said...

amazing how it came out as pretty as that =).

Annie said...

Wow, I would have been surprised too - it's a wonderful photo. Excellent take on the theme.

Colin Campbell said...

I love succulent flowers. Brief and glorious

jmb said...

That sounds like me, the queen of cropping and autofix. But those programs do have so much more if we would take the trouble to explore a bit.
Happy weekend to you.

upto6only said...

hey that is really beautiful. I wonder what will that looks like when it blooms?

mine is up too.

happy Weekend

Mari said...

first word that came out of my mouth when i saw the picture was: oh, WOW!
it is gorgeous!

YTSL said...

I, too, generally am a fan of SOOC. (And for the record, that's the case with all the photos I've taken and put up on the blog.) But have to say: this altered photo sure turned out to be a beauty! :)

ancient one said...

That is nice and you were about to destroy it... I loved the photo stuff on my old computer... but not so much on the new one. I need to play around more... maybe I could save more photos... Good post!

gengen said...

That is a good choice for the theme it is a surprise indeed..happy weekend and mine is ready too.

Bengbeng said...

it is a lovely shot not meant for a delete :)

candi said...

It looks lovely, and not photo-shopped at all.

Happy weekend!

Sidney said...

Looks great ! Wonderful intense colors !

Luke said...

A great effect. Nice job resurrecting this shot.

CRIZ LAI said...

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Your EG Tour Guide said...

Very nice surprise! Your software turned this into a beauty!

julie said...

What a pleasant surprise :)

Naturegirl said...

Great capture how ever you did it!

Life Ramblings said...

i love the effects. well done. :)

don said...

The result is a very successful experimental image!
Good for you. A wonderful image.

Imaginerf said...

I like very much both composition and colourtones !

syel said...

oh what a surprise indeed! the bud is really lovely, well, the enhancing has paid off! i'm a lazy bum as well. i just do a little tweaking. i'm not fond of complex pp techniques. :)

Pietro said...

Fine color and great contrast! Beautiful!

Ginnie said...

Now THAT was a very nice surprise, Maria!!! Good for you. :)

EastCoastLife said...

It is brilliant!
Love the orange colour which is the theme for next week! ;)

witsandnuts said...

I'm inspired by the story. I normally delete trashy shots. But nothing's trashy enough pala.=)

Pacey said...

We really get beautiful surprises most of the times and this is one of them...really marvelous...