This is one of the geese that lives across the street from my house. He’s a stately fellow and doesn’t mind having his picture taken. This picture is “right out of the box” as they say, which is to say I haven’t gone all artsy fartsy with it yet.
But as you know by now, I”m an artsy fartsy gal and can’t stop myself from screwing around with my pictures. This is the same photo as the first one, but using Picasa I cropped it, took the color up a notch and applied the soft focus feature. Took all of about 10 seconds. I love Picasa for quick edits and minor improvements.
Here, I achieved the painterly, sparkly, Monet effect in Photoshop using the Bokeh brush which is a free download from Obsidian Dawn. Bokeh is the Japanese word for broken. Not really. I just made that up.
Anyway, I just downloaded the Bokeh brushes this morning and haven’t really figured out how to use them, but as you can see, with the right photo editing software, you can basically be clueless and still get some fun effects.
I don’t know if that should inspire you or frighten you. You decide.