Photo 101 Rehab: The Conjuring

Photo 101 Rehab: The Conjuring

I couldn’t miss this week’s Photo Rehab Cover Makeover. Anything that is dark and morbid has my name on it. So does Desley’s challenge of remaking the cover of the horror movie The Conjuring. Here’s my gloomy and bloody remake.

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Eye Spy and the Happiness Project

Eye Spy and the Happiness Project

Ages ago in summer (not the Australian summer, the European summer), I promised the girls (and guy) from the Photo 101 Rehab that I would join their then new Cover Makeover challenge as soon as I have time. I never had the time, so I decided that the time was now.

Disappointingly, I missed the last prompt, which would have been perfect for me. The prompt was to redo Ayn Rand’s The Romantic Manifesto, and I would’ve had a lot of fun with photoshopping in the cover obese cherubs holding their bright red hearts in their hands too fat to even hold anything.

Surprisingly, I produced a (mostly) unironic response to the current prompt, which is to reimagine Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project. When done releasing my inner happie hippie (pun intentional), it occurred to me that the photo I chose fits well for the WP Weekly Photo challenge with the prompt Eye Spy. Efficiently, I’m rolling the two challenges into one.

Photo 101 Rehab: Street Life

Photo 101 Rehab: Street Life

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It’s been a long and hard withdrawal time since my last visit to Lucile’s Photo 101 Rehab. Now I’m back with vengeance and with a street life photo. As always, the photo was shot with Nikon D80 and post-processed in Corel PaintShop with the following major edits:

  • correcting the perspective
  • enhancing sharpness, clarity and contrast
  • applying a strong local tone mapping filter
  • desaturating all colours except yellow
  • using a dark vignette effect
Photo 101 Rehab: Street Life

Photo 101 Rehab: Street Life

In railway halls, on pavements near the traffic,
They beg, their eyes made big by empty staring
And only measuring Time, like the blank clock.

–Stephen Spender

I’m joining another session of Lucile’s Photo 101 Rehab. While I was slightly frustrated that I didn’t have any portraits to post, which is what our lovely hostess excels at most, I was comforted by her observation that the rehab serves for us to enjoy shooting whatever our passion is.

I enjoy street life and anything grunge. When there’s no grunge, I make it become. Such as in this photo from a railway station – hence the title poem. here’s a list of major edits performed on the photo, shot with Nikon D80 and post-edited in Corel PaintShop.

  • correcting the perspective and cropping
  • boosting  sharpness, clarity and contrast
  • applying a local tone mapping filter
  • desaturating all colours except red
  • using a heavy dark blur vignette effect
Photo 101 Rehab: Portrait

Photo 101 Rehab: Portrait

Lucile’s Photo 101 Rehab has been focusing on monochrome portraits recently. I don’t do portraits for lack of subjects to shoot, so here is the closest that I came to a portrait. It is a local homeless person, with her backpack in the background on the ground and her breakfast of beer and cigarettes lying on the window sill.

The photo was taken by Nikon D80 and edited in Corel PaintShop with the following adjustments:

  • correcting the perspective and cropping
  • enhancing sharpness and clarity
  • applying a local tone mapping filter
  • desaturating all colours except red
  • using a slight dark blur vignette effect
Photo 101 Rehab: Baroque

Photo 101 Rehab: Baroque

My today’s contribution to lovely Lucile’s Photo 101 Rehab session is a shot of a plague column, a structure often found at the main square of cities in these parts. It was supposed to protect the inhabitants from pestilence, though how exactly remains uncertain.

As always, the photo was taken by my child-toy Nikon D80 and edited in Corel PaintShop. Here are the major edits I performed:

  • correcting the perspective (straightening the walls)
  • enhancing sharpness and clarity
  • applying backlighting
  • increasing local tone mapping
  • applying BW Red filter and BW Clarify filter
  • applying the Dark Vignette filter
Photo 101 Rehab: Rain Drops

Photo 101 Rehab: Rain Drops

Lucile, a life saving friend and blogger, is reopening her Photo 101 Rehab! Here is my contribution on the topic of rain drops. What you see is a bad photo masquerading as an artsy photo. Here is what I did in Corel PaintShop Pro X6 to make a blurry and badly lit picture look like I never meant it another way.

  • increasing clarity, sharpness and brightness
  • boosting overall saturation and vibrancy
  • adjusting hue and saturation of selected colours
  • applying a softening filter and a light vignette
  • narrowing the aperture to make the centre stand out
Photo 101 Rehab: Light at the End of a Tunnel

Photo 101 Rehab: Light at the End of a Tunnel

It would appear that there is indeed light at the end of a tunnel. I was inspired to this shot by a much better version of the same theme by Albert here. This is my contribution to lovely Lucile’s Photo 101 Rehab, which you can join here. The photo was taken with Nikon D80 and processed in Corel PaintShop. The major edits involved:

  • Decreasing brightness
  • Deepening shadows
  • Enhancing contrast
  • Applying local tone mapping
  • Desaturating all colours but red
Photo 101 Rehab: Oppressive

Photo 101 Rehab: Oppressive

Unlike normal people, I find the seasonal atmosphere oppressive. It feels heavy, overwhelming, blurry. These are the emotions I’m trying to convey with my contribution to Lucile’s Photo 101 Rehab group.

The photo was taken at a Christmas fair with Nikon D80 and processed in Corel PaintShop Pro X6. Here are the major edits:

  • increasing contrast
  • enhancing sharpness and clarity
  • applying local tone mapping
  • using a dark blurry vignette effect
  • using a heavy black and white filter
Photo 101 Rehab: Sky

Photo 101 Rehab: Sky

Inspired by the Photo 101 Rehab organiser Lucile, I’m contributing to today’s session with a sky shot. (Besides a cabbage shot, obviously.) The photo was taken with Nikon D80 and processed in Corel PaintShop Pro X6. Here are the major edits:

  • increasing clarity, sharpness and contrast
  • applying local tone mapping
  • using Black and White High Clarify filter