Eiffel Encore

This will be an artsy post.  Are you ready for some before and after photographic fun?

You can click on all the photos to enlarge them!  I recommend doing that!

The above photo was originally blasé, in my opinion.  So I boosted the color.  It no longer gives you a true sense of the gray, end of September day on which I took this shot, but it’s more interesting. Don’t you think so?  And if you want to make wall art from your photos, why not turn them into an artistic interpretation?  Painters are allowed to interpret, so I think photographers can too.

When my family is at home, we are often wearing our pajamas. We likely have unkempt hair, no makeup, and probably at least one of us has dried food on our cheeks.

But in the pictures on the walls, we look quite different.

Here’s the original of the above photo.  I think it screams out, “Attendez, s’il vous plait!  Je n’ai pas de maquillage!”  Or in other words,  “Wait, please! I don’t have any makeup on!”

I took this next blasé shot looking out over Paris from the Eiffel Tower.  Sure, it shows beautiful architecture.  But the gray haze makes me feel like I’d better quickly grab an umbrella or an oxygen mask.

Then I boosted the color and blurred the edges.  At least the haze looks more intentional.

I attended school just yards away from Les Invalides, the site of Napoleon’s tomb.

This next image was so dreary and disappointing!  I cropped it to focus on the Sacre-coeur in the distance, then played with the color.  You really must enlarge the new panoramic views that were created!

I had a blast with this one!  After simply boosting the color, it now looks like a computer-generated drawing, doesn’t it?

If you care for an industrial look, take a peek at these next two photos.  I think they both went from dull to delicious!

Please enjoy a few more views of Paris that I took from the tower.  I boosted their color a bit too.

L’ Arc de Triomphe.

How about a few more close-up photos I captured while on the tower, and enhanced while at home by the computer (in my jammies, of course).

The next two shots look like I used some kind of special effects, but I didn’t.  Their only change was a wee bit of cropping.  The camera picked up the razzle dazzle that the tower generates itself each night.

I had placed my camera on a bridge (keeping the strap around my neck!), and set the lens to stay open for a few seconds.  It’s fun to experiment!

This next one received just a little help.  I increased the sharpness and definition, and decreased the exposure.

To finish off this long post, here are four views of the tower with artistic liberty.  We’ll start with an antiqued vignette effect.

Fiddling with the contrast and exposure created the white lines in the photo below.

The temperature and tint were dialed to opposite extremes in this aqua and gray display.

For this last shot that a spunky girl might like, the contrast, exposure, temperature, and tint were all manipulated.

Simply playing with my photographs in iPhoto turned some run of the mill images into unique, intriguing pieces of art.  Well, I think so.  I hope this post inspires you to see what you can do with your camera and software to create images that you love.

Have fun!