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I haven’t been on any trips for a couple of weekends now, because of weather and life, but last weekend remembered a couple of years ago Sophie,Mike and I went off to Bellingham to find the Hareshaw Linn waterfall, yetย I had not put them up on my smugmug photo site. I went through the old portable HD and found the files, and realised I’d not bothered with them, as the lighting conditions were difficult, and I’d written them off as a pile of shite. I didn’t have Lightroom back then, and PS Elements was OK but I wasn’t that good with it. Of course since then I’ve got LR and PS6 and have watched a heap of Youtubeย tutorials on how to make things happen, so spent a happy day turning pigs ears into silk purses. Well… maybe not silk, but at least cotton. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll post the day out later on, but for now I’m just putting up a throwaway shot that I’ve been learning techniques on and (hopefully) improved. ย I can’t be arsed with all the arguments about altering shots/integrity/leaving things as the camera caught them, because I don’t care, I just wanted to make my picture look better, without altering the mood of the scene I shot.

So here is the original un~faffed with version…

unfaffed sheep shot

unfaffed sheep shot

which to me looks bland, dark and a bit boring, which is why I had my finger on the delete button.

So I faffed with it, several times, got very frustrated with Potatoshop as it has some daft quirky bits that are hard to get a grip with, but learned a lot along the way. Here is the end result…



Well I like it better, and think it’s worth keeping ๐Ÿ™‚ whaddya think gang?

laters gaters


18 comments on “The fraggle report _ faffography edition

  1. Jay says:

    Wow, I wish there was a class in faffing that I could take!

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    1. Lol there are gazillions on YouTube x


  2. I have to say though I liked the faffed version I like the unfaffed with version too…it’s like a moody, sparse painting…the light puts me in mind of an early Mondrian…the Sheepfold is one I think. Maybe the sheep makes the connection for me. He liked his dusky light did Mondrian…mind you I’m just looking on my phone. As for a pile of shite I always thought of it as an Irish expression glad to see its alive and well elsewhere๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Well I had to google Sheepfold by Mondrian, and my photo is not in that league, but it’s given me some processing ideas ๐Ÿ˜€ thanks Clare ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  3. kmSalvatore says:

    Well… I’m pretty darn impressed Fraggy. As u know I don’t have anyPS’s;) I do have other “instruments”…lol, that entertain me.. And get the job done, but.. Now u have me scratching my head.. Maybe it’s time to up one ..or 2;)
    Ok, I must return to my vacation ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜˜

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    1. Yes enjoy your vacation, you don’t need any PS, you do fabulously with the tools you choose โค๏ธ


      1. kmSalvatore says:

        Your too kind my friend!!!
        Lol, Dave and I just had a long discussion.. According to him , anyone can take s pic. And just use apps to fix it right .. What a guy

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        1. haha I’m sure you put him straight ๐Ÿ˜€


  4. Francis.R. says:

    I think that looks like the work of a master ๐Ÿ™‚ Very clever and educative the choose to change the orientation of the sheep so the viewer get a natural reading of the scene from left to right. And it looks a bit surreal, very interesting. Thanks kind lady ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Cheers Francis ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Will return later with a reply. Have to get my fingers first on the original. Want to try out something. Fraggy’s Before and After challenge. If you don’t mind. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have you uploaded the original size?

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    1. No it’s not the RAW file, I converted to jpg first at 1.9MB.

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      1. Will do the job, so far! ๐Ÿ˜‰


      2. Tried to focus on the sheep. Mimicked the sheep and bushes as clouds in the sky. Different crop. Sheep is now closer to the bushes to allow that. Vignette to lead to the sheep. Added sunlight filter to make it more dreamy! Hope I haven’t ruined your image. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Loredana Isabella Crupi says:

    Really like your altered version! Well done! ( I only work in Lightroom and PS) ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. melissajane14 says:

    I definitely think that it’s worth keeping, although I like Reinhold’s version as well. The best thing about this post is your I’m-doing-the-best-I-can-to-learn approach to “faffing” with photos. It helps the rest of us who are in the learning stages to see that there is someone else going through the same thing. Great post – keep up the good work ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. cheers Melissa, ๐Ÿ™‚

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