Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Even good photos can be edited

Here's another photo I took this past weekend.


Now, I love this photo.  I think it says a lot about the relationship between Dahlia and her Daddy (whose hand you see in the photo).  The earnest look on her face, the angle of her body and leg leading to joining with her Daddy's hand.  I just really like this photo.

But in looking at it, I wondered what it would look like in sepia tone and with a softer focus.  Would it take some of the eye away from the contrast of black fur against green grass?  Would it give more of a focus on the joining of canine paw and human hand?  So I took to the editing programs to see what I could do.  I altered the photo to be in a fairly low-key sepia, softened the focus, and added a bit of vignetting.  I also photoshopped out that annoying little piece of grass hanging off her foot and the tags hanging from her collar.

This is what I ended up with.


And again, I like it quite a bit.  So moral of the story: Play with your photos and see if you can make something else of them!


  1. Thank you! I'm really happy with how many folks like this photo because I just love it.

  2. That's an amazing photo - I love it, both edited and not! The colours are fantastic in the unedited version, whilst the edited photo seems to draw the eye just as strongly to the held hand/paw. Either way, great photo! :)