Friday, June 5, 2009

Fix-it Friday!

Friday already?! Another week that just flew by! This week's photo for Fix-it Friday was taken by Melanie from Blogging Mum. I love the tight crop, but that also limits what you can do with it a little bit. Let's see what I can come up with!

Original:
Fix #1:
For this fix, I:
  • Cropped tighter.
  • Flipped to make it a mirror image.
  • Increased the brightness.
  • Converted to black & white.
  • Reduced noise.
  • Increased contrast.
But I wasn't really happy with the result, so I started from scratch and tried again.

Fix #2:
For fix #2, I:
  • Increased brightness.
  • Rotated slightly.
  • Cropped.
  • Decreased saturation on everything but the eyes.
  • Reduced noise.
  • Increased contrast.
This week's photo was a tough one for me. I can't say that I love either of my fixes really. But looking back at them, I think I like the first better than the second. I tend to gravitate to black & white though.

Which do you like best?

20 comments :

Rebecca said...

I like the b&w too. I like that crop also - making it landscape rather than portrait.

Betty Jo said...

The b&w is my fave, but that's because I'm a b&w fanatic! Both edits are super. I like the way you flipped the photo. ♥

Jewel said...

Love your black and white edit :) You can barely see any noise in it. Great job!

AJ said...

I really like your crops!

Jenny said...

I like the B&W too, so pretty!

Catharine said...

oh, I thought about cropping, but it was so tight already. I like it though! the flip really works on this one!

Laura said...

I really struggled with this one too - there was so much noise but you did a great job reducing that!

Aubrey said...

I love the B&W one! Also, good thinking flipping the photo and cropping, I like how it brings the focus inwards.
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Katrina said...

The B&W is my fave but I also gravitate towards the B&W's. They both look great though!

Once I figure out how to use my Photoshop I'll have to try this out haha. :)

Jeanette "Frogster" said...

i thought the black and white was perfect!

Sonya said...

I like the first edit better.

Mandi said...

I love the crop on the first picture!

Paging Doctor Mommy said...

I think I need to come to you for editing advice! I got Photoshop Elements for Mother's Day, and I don't have a clue what I'm doing!

Sabrina said...

I really like the crop on the first one -- it's like a totally different expression!

Melanie said...

I love the crop on the first one- very creative! :)

kimber said...

Beautiful work! I'm a fan of your work now!

Launa said...

LOVE the crop on the first one! Fabulous!!

Billykidd said...

i also LOVE your crop on the first edit! great job.

Crystal Rae said...

I like how you made it different by switching the photo around. The crops are great too. Great work

Sid said...

Love the BW and crop!

please take a look at my edits and let me know what you think {all pointers/tips welcome}