Lens-Artists Challenge #15, Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

“Change comes like a little wind that ruffles the curtains at dawn;  like the stealthy perfume of wildflowers hidden in the grass.”

John Steinbeck



Amy’s challenge this week speaks to those of us who enjoy working with some of the many tools available for editing images. Simple edits in programs like Lightroom or Google Photos, or Apps like Snapseed or Diptic give even beginning photographers the ability to morph their photos into something a bit more artistic. 



“In every change, in every falling leaf there is some pain, some beauty; that’s the way new leaves grow.”

Amit Ray

Editing resources become even more accessible with the abundance of tutorials and videos available on the web. With a few clicks one can find “How-to’s” on just about any product – from the simplest to the most complex. For those who prefer learning the old-fashioned way there are books both in hard copy and online to foster self-teaching. Sadly from the moment they’re published it seems the products they address have been changed or updated and further study is required.



“Those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world usually do.”

Steve Jobs

As a former user of Apple’s Aperture software I’ve experienced the pain of transitioning from one product to another. As such I try to use only tools offered by companies whose editing products are their primary business. While there is no guarantee, my hope is that companies like Adobe (providers of Lightroom and Photoshop) or Topaz Labs can be trusted to continue evolving their products as time goes on. Of course those of us who use and love the Nik products have learned that such is not always the case.



“Change is not a four letter word…but often your reaction to it is.”

Jeffrey Gitomer

For this week’s images, I used Lightroom to make a few minor edits, followed by Topaz Impressions and Topaz Texture Effects to create a more painterly effect. Those who follow me know I am a fan of impressionist painting and I’ve included some images in the past using textures and impressions to create an image quite different from the one with which I started. All of the Topaz tools used in today’s post are part of their “Studio”  product which is available at no charge for the basic package.



“A change in the weather is sufficient to recreate the world and ourselves.”

Marcel Proust

As I’ve mentioned previously, autumn here on Kiawah does not deliver the glorious colors of the northeastern US. Using software tools on the two previous images I’ve turned summer-day images into something a bit more like our fall.  I added some reds to the grasses and trees, some gold and brown to the marsh and some color to the skies. While nothing like the reds and golds of a Vermont mountain scene in October, to me they speak to the changes we will soon see here in the southeast.



“No one can change a person, but a person can be the reason someone changes.”

Shannon L. Alder

Finally, my personal favorite – an image of my nephew and his son, my great-nephew. I just loved the way they are in lock-step with each other. The little one is the image of his dad, making it really fun to watch him grow into the person he will some day be. As Shannon Alder says in the quote above, my nephew’s wife and son are a big part of the reason he has grown into the loving, responsible, mature man he has become.

Sincere thanks to Amy for giving us the opportunity to “paint” outside the box. For the purists among us, I promise to return to realistic SOOC or slightly tweaked images next week. Also, for those who are interested, I’ve included the original images in their unaltered state below.

Be sure to check out Amy’s post here. Should you decide to join us, remember to tag your post Lens-Artists to have it appear in our reader section for the week.

WoodstorksMarsh Scene

104 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #15, Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

  1. How much did I like this post? So much that the window/tab stayed open for 9 days until there was time to comment!!!! Ah, seeing this makes me wonder, “Why paint?” as this is true art and amazing creative license! All well done and very soothing!

      • Ja.. I am in a little hotel and hoped to have all evening for internet – but instead accepted an invitation from the curator of the museum events to go to dinner – then to a new park .. this city of Portoviejo is doing a great earthquake recovery, refreshing to experience. Alas, in another week I’ll have cyber time at another hotel!!! Then in another week, the solo show opens… all great, yet I’m having trouble keeping up with my favorite bloggers, esp ones who share images and narratives as lovely as yours!

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  4. Love all of your images and your interpretation of them. The edits are magnificent. My favorite is also of your nephew and great-nephew. I always find it interesting, a good story, to photograph people without showing their faces. It leaves so much to the imagination for the viewer. Great photos as always!

  5. I never get tired of these artsy photos!
    I like using filters when I want to post people photos. They protect the identity of my family and friends, but let me portray an idea.

  6. Love the ‘artist at work’ one, it’s so painterly. It’s interesting to see the before and after, and the comments. I ended up splitting my blog in two as there were several who seemed to disapprove of ‘artistic’ interpretation in a travel blog, and it’s so much fun I couldn’t stop!

  7. When it comes to the editing tools a purist like me is dumbfounded, so thanks I know you included the originals especially for me 🙂 🙂
    Please continue with creative editing hue’s, I’ll still like you despite it 🙂

  8. Very nice Tina…great shot of your nephew and his son. I’m usually more on the purist side but I really like the painting effect you added on these shots. Well done!

  9. Loved your choice of effects, especially the first one. It almost looked like a snow storm on the beach. I just recently started exploring this area of digital art. Quite the learning curve. 🙂

  10. Loving all of these images Tina. I really enjoy seeing your edits. The painterly ‘Impressionist’ effects are excellent, and the final one of your family is a classic! Funny how some of us go such a long time between playing around and how rewarding we find it when we do.

  11. Beautiful painterly effect images, Tina. I don’t follow Apple’s Aperture software but it does sound frustrating if you have to change software. I use Photoshop Elements and Picasa for the last few years…simple and minimal 🙂

  12. Wow, Tina, I couldn’t tell between real paintings and your photo editing. You did a fantastic job in your editing. That’s something I would like to do eventually – you inspire me! 🙂

  13. These turned out so beautifully, Tina! Your way of photography naturally lends itself well to the Impressionist style and they look so much like paintings. The changes definitely bring out the textures in delightful ways. I also love the image of your nephew and son, stunning! Funny, my Sunday Stills feature for next week is called “photo-editing” so this would fit the theme again 🙂 I’ve been using the Painnt app to adjust some of my photos, and you have been such an inspiration! Perhaps next summer when I supposedly have some time I can learn Topaz…looks a little complicated at this point!

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  15. Wonderful, Tina. Great quotes, and I agree with the other commenters here in everything. I very much enjoyed both originals and changed originals – and you know I am impressionist fan too. You never disappoint! The father and son shot is a real treat.

  16. Great collection of artistic interpretations! I did something similar in that I changed my selection to monochrome. In keeping with my schedule, though, the post will happen on Thursday.

  17. A great response to the challenge Tina and I love seeing both the originals and the edited versions :o) xxx

  18. These images are so beautifully done, artistic and poetic.
    I have always enjoyed your Topaz Impressionism effects, these are exceptional.
    Thank you for sharing, Tina! 🙂

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