Tuesday, March 12, 2013

To {Texture} or Not

The sky is a gorgeous Carolina blue with a few puffy white clouds and the rusty barn roof stands out against it. Couple that with the golden hues of the hay bales and the slight green tones in the grass and it makes a pretty picture.


Once the photography bug hits, it's impossible to be satisfied with just a plain old photograph, though. Not that this one isn't pretty. It's just not edited. Maybe it doesn't need editing. I'm no expert, so I can't really say. Sometimes, the simplicity of the shot is enough. 

But I am addicted to playing with textures now and every available (free) feature on Picmonkey. Soooo...for this week's Tuesday Muse at A Rural Journal, I am using the Desperado texture created by Nancy Claeys, and some of the cool features at PM to alter the above photo into the below photo :)


I'm undecided as to which one I like best. The top photo is appealing to me as it is full of light and life. But I like the edited version too. It has a nostalgic, vintage feel and that appeals to the historical lover in me. Plus, I think Nancy's texture adds some great dimension to the sky, almost making it roll, like in a storm.

What do you think? Just remember...I'm sensitive so be nice ;-)

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26 comments:

  1. Love both versions Anne, but I must say the textured version is gorgeous! Thanks so much for joining in at Tuesday Muse today. xo

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  2. I like both versions. I don't think you can go wrong with a photo of a barn -- love them! Maybe because they are vintage -- like me!!! :D

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  3. A girl after my heart....loving to process....I really like your edit of this picture. It's dramatic and just beautiful....great job...

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  4. Both pictures are beautiful, but I love how the clouds and shadow worked with the texture.

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  5. I can't get over the difference ..beautiful.

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  6. I like the edited version - it looks mysterious.

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  7. I love them both, however textured version appeals more to me! Great job!

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  8. I love barns and rural photos so I love both pictures! I always appreciate the regular as well as textured pictures.

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  9. ja als ik mag kiezen dan ga ik toch voor de eerste misschien ouderwets maar ja het is zo.

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    1. I am assuming you are from the Netherlands (or there about). I have a friend who lives in Middelharnis. I had to put this comment in the translator to find out it says:

      yes if I had to choose then I would choose the first maybe old fashioned but yes it is so.
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      Thank you so much for your comment. I appreciate it!

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  10. As a writer of inspirational historical romances, the textured version of the photo appeals to me. I like the vintage feel the technique lends the image.

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  11. I like both, too, & some pics are best unedited, but some just come to life & I believe this is one of those that came to life... I love the vintage feel of edited version. It's beautiful! Most usually, I don't care for bare trees, but these actually add to the scene & they're situated perfectly in the shot... plus, they go un-noticed in the original, but they really pop in the edited version! WoW!

    Thanks a million for joining =)

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  12. I love texturing the vintage shabby look just adds a certain something....

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  13. I like the original best, but I can see why the vintage feel of the textured one would appeal to so many! A beautiful barn!

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  14. I love both, but I think the first one is my favorite. I usually like the originals best, but I know it's fun to play with editing...I do it sometimes myself!

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  15. I can't choose! I like them both. :)

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  16. I'm mostly a 'realist' when it comes to most photos, although lately I've been playing with textures and layers. I'm still not convinced they improve photos, but they do give a different scene. Your editing is quite nice.

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  17. I like them both! I am drawn to naturals, bright colors and light, but, I have started appreciating different ways of editing photos, I have even been using a couple textures lately. The edited version looks mysterious and even nostalgic - I like it a lot!

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  18. Both pictures turned out nicely but I prefer the original one myself. :-)

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  19. love that roof. ( :

    enjoy the texture - has a calming feel to it.

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  20. I love them both. But I think the original is my favorite. The edited version has a story to tell. And I'm just the one to do that! *wink*

    You shutter bug you! (((hugs)))

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  21. I like the second one with the skeletal trees because of the vintage feeling it gives. I think its neat.
    betsy

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  22. I like the original best...only because I prefer blues skies up above....and the second shot looks a little spooky to me!

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  23. What a fabulous barn!

    I'm prefer straight shots, though your textured photo is very nice too. It's all about artistic license and what you prefer. :-)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog this week! :-)

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