When I got my new computer last spring, I was chagrined to find out that not only Photo Gallery wasn’t included, but that I could no longer download it!!
Apparently, many of the features of that program have been incorporated into the Photos program that comes with Windows 10 – not all, by any means, but some at least! (I don’t have Photoshop, but am thinking of buying it.)
I looked for pictures to experiment with. Through cropping and enhancing, I put the focus on a bench on a rocky shore in Monterey Peninsula, CA, which I think is a lot better than the original.
After cropping/enhancing and experimenting with contrast:
Some other experiments had less interesting results – this sunburst came out quite dark originally:
Actually, just lightening the contrast actually improved the picture (last of the four).
On my cell phone, I also have done some experimenting with color, filters and contrast. Here’s one that I like of my husband fishing off the pier at our cottage in northern Wisconsin in 2013 (first picture is original, second is experimental):
Another cell phone shot.
I added this special effect, creating an aura, with dark foreground – the pier is barely visible.
I have also done some experimental drawing (admittedly for a summer art class) – using various bones of a skeleton. Here are collages I made using a vertebra (the first is using colored pencil only, the second incorporates colored pencils and watercolor):
vertebrae collage (colored pencil)
Vertebrae collage (colored pencil with watercolor wash)
I also used a full skeleton model to draw using color pencils and with charcoal only:
Skeleton on table (colored pencil with watercolor wash)
Weekly Photo Challenge: Experimental