Still Green

This was a tricky photo to get to look like this. First, I played with the colour cast to get the photo looking overly green, then I de-saturated it so that all the things in the photo that were not green to begin with would become black & white, while the somewhat green leaves would still retain their green. I know in PhotoShop you can simply colour the leaves, but like I said before I’m still not well versed in PhotoShop. Hope you like it.

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17 Responses to Still Green

  1. Hi Ilove it !Bright! ..Very good!!!!

  2. Mauro Metallo says:

    Lovely. Nicely done. I’m a very poor “Photoshopper”: You got to teach me, one day…

    • davecandoit says:

      Thanks, Mauro. I’d be happy to. Personally, if I were to do it over again I think I’d forgo the full version PhotoShop and get PhotoShop Elements instead. I also find ACDSee is much better than I thought before I had PhotoShop to compare it to. With your photography experience I think you’d find it pretty easy, since it’s really little more than a digital darkroom. I’m sure it would all make sense to you and you’d be editing away in no time.

  3. Mauro Metallo says:

    I’ve got to try it, but, as I said, I’m not that much of a wizard in digital post processing… I need a lot of guidance…

    • davecandoit says:

      If I may make a suggestion: Download google’s free photo editing application, Picasa3. It’s very simple and a good place to start, because it’s a basic editor. The thing is, all of it takes time to learn. But in your case, you already understand contrast and gamma and saturation and metering and so on, so really it comes down to using a slider (like a lever) to adjust these settings. How I learned was to simply drag the contrast lever all the way in one direction and see what happens. Then I’d drag it all the back the other way and see what that did. I tried that with many options and in no time it began to make sense. With vignetting and sepia tone, it is often as simple as clicking that button, and then adjusting the amount you want.

      Whenever I want to learn something new, like that HDR merging option in PhotoShop, I just google the question, How to do XXX in PhotoShop. I end up with a list of tutorials. Some of them are video tutorials, which can help a lot.

      Lastly, I’m always happy to assist in any way I can. I’ve got a good handle on ACDSee Photo Pro, but am just starting to learn PhotoShop myself. I’ve used Picasa3, too. It’s very easy. For me, a lot of it has been trial and error. Keep in mind that I only dusted off my camera back in late May, a scant few months ago. Before that I wasn’t taking photos, nor was I using any editing software.

      The main thing to remember with all of this editing stuff is you can always undo your changes if you mess something up. I always save the photo under a different filename so I still have the original in case I accidentally save my changes by mistake.

      If you ever have questions, you know I’ll do my utmost to help in anyway way.

  4. lynnwiles says:

    I don’t like it – I love it!

  5. writingphoto says:

    I really like this photo 🙂 remind me another one… even more contrasted with the green (life?) colour of the leaves and the b/w (sad) of the wall and suprisely the trunk of the trees too..

  6. natashadevan says:

    This is a beautiful photo, I love the way the green is accentuated

  7. natashadevan says:

    I have to say, your blog is one of my favourites that I have come across, feel free to have a look at my blog: I would really appreciate your comments.

    Quick question though, how can I put you on a blogroll?

    Thanks xxx

    • davecandoit says:

      Oh my gosh, what a wonderful compliment, thanks so much!!!
      I actually did have a quick look at your blog but I’ll drop by later and read some of your posts. As for adding my to your blogrolls: 1. Click on DASHBOARD. 2. Click on LINKS on the left sidebar. 3. You will be taken to a page whjere you can add my blog name, then add my blog URL, then click the blogroll box, and then click the button that says ADD LINK and you’re done.

      Thanks again for the lovely compliment and for dropping by again. I’ll be popping over to your blog later this morning.

  8. natashadevan says:

    Will you add me to your blogroll?
    Hope you liked my blog?

    • davecandoit says:

      Sure, just send a cheque to…. 🙂
      Kidding. I’ll add you today. 🙂

    • davecandoit says:

      I just checked out your blog, Natasha, and it is very well written. The only thing I would suggest is that you include locations. For instance, I know *when* Rob Priutt’s Flea Market is, but not where. Based on the fact that “Priutt will be working with a new group of London-based artists” I will assume it’s in London, England, but that’s only a guess. With local and community newspapers it’s probably not necessary to state the city or town or neighbourhood, but on the world wide web it’s likely that more than half your visitors might be from another country or even another hemisphere. Just a thought, and certainly not a criticism. Your webzine is well done and I hope you get lots of visitors.

      I’ve added you to my blogroll, by the way.

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