One birdhouse – Five ways

Once upon a time there was black and white film and then there was color film.  Time and technology marched on and then came digital and Photoshop, Gimp, ACR, and many many more ways to “massage” an image into something other than what it was originally.  Not every alteration of the original image is a winner but as with every other thing in life – beauty is in the eye of the beholder and your mileage may vary.  Having said that, there are innumerable ways to change an image what with levels, gradient maps, filters, saturation, blending modes and actions….lots and lots of actions.  There are actions out there that can help you render an image into just about any kind of look you want; you just have to go out there and try them – or not.  The choice is entirely yours.

Yesterday I posted one version of a birdhouse I captured while it was snowing.  I converted it using an action that gave it just a hint of an old fashioned sepia tone.  So with the five conversions here today I’ve done one birdhouse x 6 ways.  Anyway, it was fun to experiment and you never know what you may end up with when you try.  Again, not every conversion may be a winner but you never know till you try.  Please leave a comment telling me which version/s you liked (or not) and why.

The original color image


The black and white version


The selective color version


A colorized version


And a vintage sepia version


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Fine art photographer who loves to see and capture the amazing things in this world. Owner of Images by TDashfield photography.
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23 Responses to One birdhouse – Five ways

  1. chris13jkt says:

    I like the first one. The bright red birdhouse in front of the ‘relatively’ and naturally black and white snowy background clearly draws the attention.

  2. I love it! You know I’m a fiend for ‘variations on a theme’. Especially beautiful subjects that don’t grow old and tired with the repetition. Thanks!

  3. dhphotosite says:

    It’s interesting to see the different versions in a group like this. My fav is the vintage sepia version! Probably because it is warmer even though it is a winter photo…if that makes sense.

  4. dedivahdeals says:

    Such talent lady….I even added a new page to my blog – “As Seen Through my Car Window” –

  5. ChgoJohn says:

    Yeah, yeah, yeah. They’re all great, though I’m partial to the first one. BUT, let’s get to more important matters. Your new gravatar image looks fantastic! Now that’s a good photo!

  6. I am torn. I like #2 because of the color, but I also like the last one because I have a think for vintage-y photos.

  7. My eyes keep going back to the selective color version. Usually I try to stay away from that, but I love the pop of red! Very nice!

  8. Karen says:

    I think each image is very thoughtful. It would depend on the use of the photo. I really like bold colors so the red in the original is lovely to me.

  9. ajaytao2010 says:

    great photo

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