Photo Magic: Exploiting the Possibilities

I’ve been playing around with photos more than usual lately, altering them in PhotoShop and iPhone apps.  I love putting them through multiple processes just to see what evolves.  My selections for Liberate Your Art 2017 came out of such photo-play.

The postcards I sent began as a purple orchid and a pink coneflower.  Both were captured at the New Orleans Botanical Garden in late January–a blog post for another time.

Here’s the orchid–original and altered.

Purple Orchid, Original New Orleans Botanical Gardens, 2017

Magical Orchid, 2017

The orchids were protected in an enclosed, temperature-controlled space. However, the coneflower survived outdoors despite the winter weather.  It offered one of the few glimpses of color in the Garden that cold January afternoon.

“Coneflower,” Original, New Orleans Botanical Gardens, January 2017

I “transformed” the coneflower in many ways and couldn’t decide which to choose for LYA, so I decided to have all of them printed as postcards.  I selected randomly for the swap.  Here’s a peek at 10 of the 15 edits.

“Coneflower Magic,” 2017, Collage Made with PicsArt

Even though I struggled (as usual) with selecting photos for LYA, I chose these not because they represent my best work but because I had so much fun with them.  Since so many things have been so serious and heavy this year, I wanted to share lighthearted images.

A photograph can be naturally beautiful, flawless even, but there’s still something liberating about exploiting the possibilities of it.

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  1. Cy

     /  April 17, 2017

    I love all of them! They are beautifully done.

  2. That’s cool, Chandra. Good job.

  3. Jinx Engstrom

     /  April 18, 2017

    Have you ever offered an online class on how to manipulate photos in photo shop? If not would you consider it?

    • Wow! That’s such a compliment! Thank you. I haven’t thought about teaching an online class. I’ll leave that to the masters. I’m a professor in my “everyday life,” so I wouldn’t want to add another “teaching gig” to the list.

  4. These are fun! I have tried the odd time doing strange things to photos but never this well. Way to go!

  5. Wow — that blue version of the first flower is stunning.

  6. Realy love that orchid. WOW! All so fun 🙂

  7. Beautiful! I love the pink version of the coneflower! The second from the left on the bottom 🙂

  8. Gorgeous!

  9. Interesting experiment! The photos are extraordinary…

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