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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Photo Art Friday - Feeling Squirrely

Hello and Happy Friday! - It's time for one of my favorite weekly features.  Photo Art Friday on Bonnie's Blog, Pixel Dust Photo Art.  This week she challenged us to try a new technique, new editing tool, something out of our "norm" etc...So since I'm pretty much a "newbie" when it comes to anything photography related that left things really wide open for me.  I'm going to start by saying that I am slowly but surely searching out tutorials on how to use the Gimp program to edit my photos.  Since I don't own PSE and can't afford it I'm using Gimp as it's "Free".

For starters this week I found a short explantion on how to use the Brightness/Contrast feature to edit an (okay) photo and make it a (better) photo.
I started with this picture of a Squireel that I'd taken awhile back on the shed in my mom's yard. 
This is my "Before" version

Here is my "After" version. - I think this one looks much crisper/sharper.

Next up is another Squirrel photo I took out in our back yard area where we park our van.  We have a Feeder there that the squirrels visit on a daily basis for the Peanuts and Corn that I put in the feeder.  This one was up in a tree just under the feeder.  Later there is a video of this squirrel so be sure to check out my entire entry.

I did a little editing with the Microsoft photo editing program.  Then I decided to play around with this photo using Gimp.  I ended up using a feature called, Pencil Sketch and came up with this photo below.

I really like this effect and it's something that I haven't ever tried before so I think it qualifies under the challenge.

Now I promised that there was a "Video" so be sure to watch this little ditty.  -  I happened to be outside when I heard some squirrels chattering back and forth.  I went in and got my camera and decided to video tape them.  After locating them in the tree I started filming.  You can obviously tell that something was really upsetting these poor squirrels.  The one really starts chattering rather boisterously.  I couldn't figure out what on earth was bothering them (until later)...

Later after I'd gone to the store and returned home I spotted something on the shed behind the fence next to the squirrel feeder. I happened to have my camera with me and was able to snap this photo just before said squirrel deterrent fled the scene.

Kitty must have been laying on top of the shed while the squirrels were in the tree hoping one would come down for peanuts and become said kitty's lunch! Curses....foiled again.


  1. The photo sketch worked out great; lovely image. And, I enjoyed hearing the "chatter" too. Thanks bunches. kareninkenai

  2. Wow! Nice pictures, I like that squirrel. The latter has a nice trial.

  3. I love what you did with the sketch mode, does give your image nice textured look. Cute little video.

  4. i love your squirrel, aren´t they cute? i hope the cat will have no success;)

  5. I like the pencil sketch effect very much

  6. Fantastic editing... I love the peek-a-boo kitty shot, too! LoL! =)

  7. That Pencil Sketch effect really changes it from a photo to a piece of art. Love the last photo of the cat too! Thanks so much for sharing your work with Photo Art Friday, Ida.

  8. I like the squirrel edits - they are so much fun to photograph! I love the cat hiding in the foliage!

  9. I tried the pencil sketch this week as well, isn't it fun! It turned out great, I agree with Bonnie!

  10. Awww...what a treat to get both images and video. And seeing those big cat eyes in that last photo made me wonder the squirrels were making such a fuss! (And I hope the kitty stays far, far away.)

    I loved the effect you achieved with your squirrel photo...thank you for sharing. :)

  11. What a fun set of pictures. You're such a good story teller.

  12. These are wonderful Ida!
    The little squirrel is adorable!

  13. I love the pencil sketch effect...very artistic. Thank you for sharing and I enjoyed reading how you created it.

  14. Helli Ida; love to see the squirrel photographs, and your pencil sketch really turned out lovely too.

  15. Me too i like a pencil-effect. Well done! :)

  16. The squirrel photos are so beautiful. Have a nice weekend, Ida.

  17. Love your squirrel! Like the pencil sketch effect!

  18. I think it's hard to photograph animals of any kind, especially something so active and quick as a squirrel. You did a good job. Learning any photo program is a process and the more you use it, the more comfortable and second nature it becomes. Hope you have fun playing with it!

  19. Hey, Ida!
    I, too, love the pencil sketch effect and have used it many times.
    You did a great job with this; loved the video.
    After using it,
    try making the photo into black & white.
    Sometimes it looks better,
    sometimes not.
    But, it's something else to try.
    (I haven't forgotten your car photo!)

  20. Great captures, Ida. Love those little squirrels. :)

  21. I like both edits. Looks like you are really learning the GIMP.


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