Sliders Sunday – 22 April


Running water over rocks with splashes of red and yellow flowers on the hill-side.

Unfortunately the original image, taken on a rainy day  and down in a deep valley was dark and the colours didn’t stand out too much. Looking at it I decided the image was worth saving and would use it later for Sliders Sunday. Of course if I’m trying to rescue an image I need to be subtle with those sliders, otherwise I can just make it look worse. My main focus today was to use Photoshop to bring some light and brighter splashes of colour into the image.

Here’s the finished result. What do you think? Have I achieved my goal? Does the rescued image look better than the original? Or have I gone too far?

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10 thoughts on “Sliders Sunday – 22 April

  1. stephenransome April 22, 2012 / 10:01

    It now looks like a very nice spring day Mike instead of the dreary darkness in the original image. Good work and not at all obvious.

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    • Mike Hardisty April 22, 2012 / 11:07

      I tried to keep it simple and not overdo it.

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  2. mtlawleyshire April 22, 2012 / 10:12

    I like both images – with running water in it, it’s never going to be dreary to me – it’s not something we have a lot of here. But both images look pretty damn fine to me 🙂

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    • Mike Hardisty April 22, 2012 / 11:17

      You live in or near Perth, right? My sister lives in Two Rocks and when we visited it was really dry.

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      • mtlawleyshire April 22, 2012 / 11:50

        yeah, Perth 🙂 We are having a quasi-autumn, depsite all my posting of autumn leaves. THere’s not been much rain or proper cool. I miss the UK a lot.

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        • Mike Hardisty April 22, 2012 / 18:03

          My sister has lived there for years and years. She says she doesn’t miss UK but I’m not so sure. Saying that the way the UK is now I sometimes wish I was elsewhere

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  3. Robert! April 22, 2012 / 16:19

    Hey Mike, I like the finished picture, but did you add a vignette? I think the picture could do without the vignette.

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    • Mike Hardisty April 22, 2012 / 18:01

      Yes there is a vignette Robert. At the time I didn’t think it was too much but looking at it again….

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  4. Claudia April 23, 2012 / 03:47

    I think both photos are beautiful in their own way. The water in the first photo caught my attention. And the pretty colors caught my attention in the second one. I do prefer the first photo to the second. It looks more realistic and natural.

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    • Mike Hardisty April 23, 2012 / 08:55

      Maybe I should try blending the two together. That way I would get the best of both…

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