Fun with photographs – digital manipulation

I have been having some fun recently having a play with some apps on the iPad to see whether I could create some atmosphere, sense of the moment, in images that I have taken and been somewhat disappointed with…

Leaves with frost bringing out the detail of the veins is something I’m always trying to capture, but as yet have still no quite ‘got it’. I find it’s a challenge in composition, as much as anything. However, I found an app recently on ‘apps gone free’ called icolorama  which has enabled me to transform a couple of images that had ‘failed’. One of them was frosty leaves, as seen here (best viewed on an iPad retina display!)-

Another was an image of some trees (birch?), some of which had silvery trunks, but what my eye saw was not quite what the camera gave me, but in post-processing I managed to create the emotive image I had been after, by selectively enhancing texture and contrast. It vaguely puts me in mind of an image from the stills of an uncompleted 1937 Sergei Eisenstein film, Bezhin Meadow – 20130214-165552.jpg

I saw this small colourful tree, and the trunk of the distant tree. Loved the contrast, but I still haven’t quite achieved what I’m looking for.Photo 14-02-2013 16 55 02

And lastly, a play with a splash of colour on monochrome…I took this image on a frosty day, and in my mind the red stood out over the faint green of the grass and some foliage…so I decided to have a go at making my mind’s response visual.

Photo 12-02-2013 09 18 04

Another time, I should have had a play with Snapseed, and have some images ready.


  1. Sandra

    Well done, Sue. The last one is stunning. I’ve seen photos like this before and find them so dramatic. In the film Schindlers List I seem to recall the opening sequence featured a small girl wearing a red coat – everything else is in black and white and the effect was amazing.

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