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Neodigital Art | Creative editing


This must be my best picture so far in 2013. The angle of the shot is unusual and I think it looks good in grey scale. I did my usual editing and removed a council litter bin, then changed it to grey scale. I did crop quite a lot of the original too.

There was a castle there 1,000 years ago, so that could be the original stone.

This photo was sent to me by Carolyn over at a Wonder of Tech.

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I made it lighter and added contrast. I think it looks more interesting.


I think this demonstrates the art of editing. I think this could have been the way the picture would have looked if there had been a little more light.


This picture was actually shot in portrait and I cropped lots off the bottom, more than half the picture was cropped off to leave the interesting bit. In retrospect, I might have cropped a little too much off. As a general guide, it’s a good idea to look for the horizon and have that centred vertically. The horizon now seems low in this picture, before it was too high.

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I still haven’t got this shot just the way I want it, but the weather and the light is improving. The light has been too bright sometimes, but I need the sun high in the sky for this shot. I would prefer the shot without that guard rail too!

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This park was under used on Sunday afternoon. If you park on the car park you have to walk all across the park to these pools. I used a different entrance, but the parking was difficult. This is Redhouse park in West Bromwich, it’s at the bottom of Sandwell Valley which is a Country park so there are other places to go. I went to Forge Mill Farm after this and besides the farm there, there is a lake and the river passes through. I just added some contrast to this photo.

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This is the River Tame at Forge Mill Farm. There is a lake over to the left and the river runs around it. You can get some interesting pictures. Notice that in the last three pictures that I tried to get the horizon centred vertically in those landscapes.

Which is your favourite picture today? Please use the comments box to share your thoughts…

11 responses

  1. Hi Mike, I like all of the pictures today! Each one seems to tell a story. I like both the before and after pictures of the tree, each has a different personality.

    You’re right about the top photo, that is a very powerful and tells a story of its own. I wonder how you could market your photos as book covers? That would be such a good fit for your photos, don’t you think?

    Thanks for the editing and photography tips. I didn’t know that about the horizon being centered in the image. I learned something new!

    7, May 2013 at 2:25 pm

  2. Hi Carolyn,

    Getting the horizon centred works for a lot of shots, but not always. It works for shots with a lot of water and sky, it sort of evens it out. I’m going off really pretty pictures now. I prefer unusual ones or buildings. I can do book covers, but I’m more interested in an exhibition some time in the future. I might be going to a preview of an exhibition this week, so who knows who I might meet!

    Thanks for popping in! 🙂

    7, May 2013 at 5:18 pm

    • Yes, Mike. You should be discovered. You think like an artist! 🙂

      7, May 2013 at 5:54 pm

      • Thanks Carolyn, I still have ideas for even better pictures! I might meet the right people this week! 🙂

        7, May 2013 at 6:48 pm

      • I hope they’re lucky enough to meet you, Mike! 🙂

        7, May 2013 at 9:09 pm

  3. I love what you do with your pictures. I’ve missed popping in. Hopefully I’ll be around more now that we have our internet sorted. Please can you remind me of the paint program you use. You’ve told me before, and I’ve forgotten!

    10, May 2013 at 1:29 pm

    • Hi Myfanwy,

      I use Windows Live photo gallery for basic editing like adding contrast, but I’m using PhotoScape for a lot of editing now. There are special effects and better editing options on PhotoScape, but it’s slower.

      I’ve just been out and took a few photos. I took some of a 13th century manor house, the tree in the grounds was covered in blossom, but now my hay fever is worse! It won’t last too long, a few weeks while the blossom is on the trees.

      I’ll live…

      10, May 2013 at 1:47 pm

      • The blossom is beautiful at the moment, I took lots of pictures on Monday. Sorry about the hayfever, there seems to be a lot of it about – the birch trees are causing problems down here….Is PhotoScape a freebie? I’m looking for something for my grand-daughter to try.

        10, May 2013 at 2:14 pm

    • Myfanwy,

      Photoscape is free download from It’s easy to use too.

      10, May 2013 at 2:34 pm

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