Playing with Swirls

I was interested to play with some photo effects after reading a blog post on one of my favourite sites – The World According to Dina – about swirls and twirls.

I don’t have Photoshop, but I do have a version of Photoshop Elements so I thought I’d give it a go. I selected two photos that aren’t the best compositions.

(1) Tulip – I was interested to see how these colours would transform

I followed the video linked to in Dina’s blog, but I made some changes and stopped when I got this result because I rather like it.

Changing the colour hues makes a very different image

(2) Dusk – this was a fairly poor shot of a sunset and I dislike the trees at the bottom of the photo, but thought the streaks might work well.

And this is the result. I kept it very soft and pastel.

While we can’t go out to create new photos, or at least photos of different scenes, then using photo editing software to be creative is one way of enjoying photography at this time.

Thanks Hanne for the idea.

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

51 thoughts on “Playing with Swirls”

  1. Dina and Fraggle have done well with those swirls, I agree. I might be one of the few who prefer the original photos, but I understand it is something fun to experiment with.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. I deliberately used photos that aren’t very good because I often think the same as you. But for photos that should be binned editing can produce interesting results. 😊

        1. And a distraction. I am finding it difficult to concentrate on anything for more than a few hours, can’t even read at the moment! A couple of pages and that’s that.

        2. I’m the same with reading. (Other bloggers are also mentioning that) How weird is it that we can’t concentrate on reading at all? x

        3. It really is as I am an avid reader. Took me all month to read a book that I was enjoying! And two others I couldn’t even get past the first chapter.

    1. Yes I liked that one, but I didn’t follow the video the whole way through which is why I had another attempt. You may well see more 😂

  2. I enjoyed your restraint, Jude. I have seen quite a lot of this recently and it sends me potty after a while. I particularly like the last image – it took me away to a beautiful desert 🙂
    To see more it’s worth joining the She Clicks women photography group on facebook, as many people have been trying it out, with some very clever images @sheclicksnet It’s worth joining anyway – lots of great people to chat with, share images with and excellent webinars – all free 🙂

    1. I don’t do FB Debbie, but I’ll carry on experimenting, different images produce very different effects.

  3. When I saw Dina’s post, I wasn’t immediately attracted. I can see the fun to be had for the creator, and some of her and your results are lovely. But on the whole I prefer keeping your best photos. And in my case, I haven’t got the software!

    1. I really must knuckle down and delete the many crap photos I have. But I’ve been saying that since I semi-retired 12 years ago! And the photo folders just keep on filling up!

  4. I don’t have Photoshop but I have a Painnt app on my phone I sometimes use on Instagram or Facebook. It’s ok for a brief play but I soon tire of it and prefer ‘real’ photos. Then again I’m not fussed on abstracts. There are very few I’d give wall space 🤣💕

      1. Haha… you two are so funny! I have to have something to do, I have just received word that my pre-spring order of plants for the wall project will not be arriving 😪 so work in the garden will come to an end shortly. No point in clearing the wall of weeds if I have nothing to plant in it.

        1. Lucky you for being able to obtain plants. I’m desperately, and unsuccessfully trying to source certain herbs.

        2. I have got an order of herbs from Ashridge nursery due in June, but my spring plants have been cancelled.

  5. Wow – I really like these. I have an old copy of Photoshop Elements on my equally old iMac and it really needs an upgrade but I doubt I could upgrade the one without the other and so long as it hangs on in there, it works for me. I have recently noticed it has a dulling effect on some pictures when saving them for web, so have not been using it as much.

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