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April – One Photo Focus

It’s time for April’s One Photo Focus Photo Challenge. One Photo Focus is a photography challenge hosted by Stacy Fischer at Visual Venturing. The participants in this challenge edit the same image and share it on the One Photo Focus Forum. You can get more information and join the One Photo Focus monthly challenge at Stacy Fisher’s Visual Venturing. Thanks to Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography for letting us practice on her photo.  (Scroll to the bottom of the page to see her original photo.)

My Process for Version 1

First, I cropped the photo to make the barn the main focus.  Next, I used Macphun’s Snapheal to eliminate the electric pole, electric lines and guy wires from the scene.  I had to use both the erase and clone modes.  Then, I used the Lomo Light filter in the Fotor app to brighten the barn and sky.  Next, I used the Landscaped Detailed filter from Macphun’s Aurora HDR Pro to bring out the details.  I wanted the clouds to appear less gray and to look more like it was close to sunset.  –So, I went back to the Fotor app to add the Gloaming filter.  Finally, I used Snapheal once more to fluff out the clouds.

I’m sure there is a quicker way to get the same effects; but this is my process.  I will confess that I’m mostly self taught; and consequently, my methods may seem odd.

Version 1LindaJames_OnePhotoFocus_April__

My process for Version 2

This month I want to share one more version with you.  — I always seem to end up with 3 or 4 different edited versions before I find the one I like the best.

I used the Posterize filter FX Photo Studio Ck on the version one photo to achieve this effect.  This is one of my favorite filters because it gives an a different perspective to photos.  In this case, I think the photo looks like a digital painting.  What do you think?

Version 2LindaJames_ One Photo Focus_April_Version2

Do you like the Posterized photo or do you prefer the more realistic photo?

You can check out other participants’ interpretations at the One Photo Focus Forum.

Original Photo April 2016 One Photo FocusOriginal Photo by Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography



4 thoughts on “April – One Photo Focus

  1. Wow, Linda, so many programs I’ve heard about but never used. It’s always fun to see what software is available, and you sure have a lot of skills up your sleeve! I can relate to your feeling of “odd,” as my Photoshop processes are convoluted because I simply don’t know enough. But “odd” or not, your edited photo speaks to your wonderful skill level.

    If I have to choose, I think I prefer the reality of version 1, though version 2 is definitely fun 🙂


    • Thanks Stacy! I do a little photoshop, too. I used it all the time when I was working. I have PSElements on my computer; but need to upgrade. I wanted to buy Photoshop; but I find it annoying that you now have to subscribe. So I’ve been looking at other programs. Turns out that the Macphun programs can be used along with Photoshop. That would save lots of time; so I may have to give in to the subscription mode. Thanks for stopping by. I hope that things are going smoothly for you. 🙂


      • I remember the panic mode when we were trying to get everything done before listing our house. I’ll share a glass of wine with you (virtually LOL) when you get listed. 🙂 I haven’t worked much with LR. I guess I should give it a try.


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