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Neodigital Art | Editing

Simons Tree

This photograph was taken by Simon James and I did the editing. The original picture was too dark and I added some contrast which made it even darker and highlights and then made it lighter. This is the original photograph:

a tree

As you can see it’s quite a dark dull picture and the editing made all the difference. The same applies  to the next picture also taken by Simon James:

Smethstow Tettenhall, 3 December 2011 (4)

This is of a railway station. I think the railway is long gone and where the track used to be is now a nature walk but the station and platform still remain. I edited this picture in a similar way and made it lighter. The light is a problem in the winter and so I expect to be doing the editing differently and I also expect the colours to be very different. I’ve also been asked for snow pictures; hopefully that will be in January or February.


I took this photograph yesterday morning. I looked out and saw the moon the day after the eclipse, the sun was rising in the East and the moon was setting in the West. It was quite light so in editing I increased the contrast and highlights to get the features of the moon; that sent the sky very dark but it seems to work. This was taken with full zoom, both optical and digital.


The colours of nature aren’t so good in winter and it was cold and wet yesterday, but buildings remain the same. I took this photograph of a house just because it looked good. I managed to get the tree in the photograph to give it depth and again it was edited to enhance the contrast and colour a little. I don’t edit too much, there is no need to give every picture a blue sky.

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11 responses

  1. immeokay

    The edited is amazing.

    13, December 2011 at 1:57 pm

    • Hi,

      It does show what a little editing with Windows Live gallery can do and it’s free! Thanks for visiting, I post blogs on a wide range of subjects most days so I hope you’ll come back.

      13, December 2011 at 2:17 pm

  2. The tree picture was taken near Essington, on a somewhat dull and rainy day.

    Some times you have to watch with editing as you take the realism and feel away. That tree picture was on a dull and foggy day, it was meant to be taken like that to give the feel of dullness. The tree is like the light at the end of the tunnel, something interesting and the main focus. By editing the image it takes away that feel and tree becomes blended in, and by over adjusting the light and that it makes it look more sunny with the fog in the back ground throwing everything out of proportion. I remember walking along the path with the dog and thinking as a child I would loved to of climbed that tree and made a tree house.

    That old railway is called Smethstow in Tettenhall, it is the same walk that takes you to Kingswinford and beyond.

    13, December 2011 at 4:14 pm

    • I was really tempted to click spam on this comment! 🙂

      Another point of view from Simon!

      13, December 2011 at 4:24 pm

  3. Nandini

    Great job. 🙂

    I too just do Windows editing. It’s fast and easy. 🙂

    13, December 2011 at 5:00 pm

    • Hi Nandini,

      Yes, I found Photoshop too slow, it took an hour and I have taken 1,000 photos this year. I don’t want to edit too much either.

      13, December 2011 at 6:15 pm

  4. leomarr11

    I love the moon photo…I am hoping to get a camera this Christmas that will allow me to take pictures of the the moon over the river behind my home. Love your photos!

    14, December 2011 at 10:26 am

    • Hi Michelle,

      Try to get a camera with a good zoom for photographing the moon. Mine is a Fuji-film S5600 and has a 10X optical zoom. I’ve had it over 3 years old now and the newer ones have better resolution, zoom and preview screen. You need to edit moon pictures too and you can get some spectacular pictures with a little editing.

      14, December 2011 at 10:41 am

  5. Hi Mike, I love your edited picture of the tree! Thanks for showing the before and after. I understand Simon’s point, the mood of the two photos is very different. But I still like the edited one better. It’s very powerful with its colors.

    The moon picture is amazing too. Really spectacular.

    Thank you very much for sharing your photos and insights with us, Mike!

    15, December 2011 at 2:17 am

  6. Hi Carolyn,

    I think the edited version is something you might use on a birthday card or calender; the darker one would be good as an introduction to a horror movie!

    I saw the moon again this morning as I was eating breakfast, it’s not a full moon now though.

    15, December 2011 at 9:16 am

  7. If I wanted to have all the colours I would have gone back on a nicer day when the sun is out. lol. Yes it is something that looks out of a horror movie, that was the idea.

    15, December 2011 at 11:56 pm

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