Thursday, June 17, 2010

It's Fixed!

I enjoy visiting The 7MSN Ranch blog and looking at the fabulous pictures and witty comments that are posted every day. Recently, the site's author confessed that she hates to skip a day due to guilt trips and admonitions from site followers. She posted pictures SOOC (I learned something new: Straight Out Of the Camera) and apologized for not processing them. Serindipity! This could lead to future topics for her site! Based on comments from loyal followers, like myself, we are very interested in learning more about 'fixing' pictures. So, the self-proclaimed PhD (Doctor of Photoshop) began to enlighten us. This led to a contest....and we all love contests! The owner posted the following information:

The prize: I will Photoshop the digital photo of your choice and make it as perfect as I know how.
To enter: Give a brief description of your problem photo in the comments. A winner will be chosen at random. One entry per person, please.
Contest closes: Friday, June 11, 7:00pm Mountain time. The winner will be announced Saturday morning.
Number of winners: At least one.

 I had the perfect, not so perfect picture that I wanted to submit, and said a silent prayer that I would be a lucky winner and win the opportunity to have my picture photoshopped.

Last winter I glanced up to see my Haflingers, Pippin and Doc, sparring in the pasture. I grabbed my Canon PowerShot camera, lunged out onto our porch, in my socks, in the snow, and snapped a picture. The picture fairy gods must have been with me because I caught it! I did a little happy dance as I ran in to show my hubby the picture. Sadly, the lighting was awful, the subjects looked like they were soooo very far away and sooo very tiny, and there was a nasty fence marring the beauty of my 'wild beasts'! But, it was still a way cool shot!

The 7MSN Ranch PhD later announced that she would fix a picture for each person who had responded to her original contest proposal. Yippee! Hooray! Hallelujah! I was so excited....almost like I had won the Publisher's Clearning House giveaway....well, OK, maybe that's a bit of an exageration!

Yesterday I received a file with my fixed picture. It is BEAUTIFUL! See for yourself:

I love how the picture has been brightened and I think the warm colors of the Haffies and the dried grasses peeking up here and there are beautiful. The fence has been magically removed...boy, the guys would have a field day it if it were gone for real!

Anyway, many thanks to the photo wizard at The 7MSN Ranch for taking the time to doctor up my photo.
Please visit the PhD's site, if you haven't already, to see the before and after pictures again and to read the explanation of everything that she did to fix the photo.


  1. I got here from the 7MSN's blog, and I agree...she did an awesome job with your photo (which, by the way was a great shot!
    Congratulations :o)

  2. Jen, thanks for visiting my blog and thanks for the nice words.

  3. Wow that's cool! Find a cool frame for it and hang it on the wall!

  4. Pippin and Doc are gorgeous and Carson did a great job with that picture! :)

  5. Very cool! I love snow pics of horses. That's a great shot.

  6. Very cool photo!

    I've got a Canon PowerShot, too. That's what I use to take all my photos. I love my camera!
    But Photoshop tends to be confusing for me and is pricey for all those bells and whistles.
    So I use Picnik instead. The basic version is enough, but for a little extra money the upgrade is so worth it, too. The best thing is that it's simple enough for anyone to use. You don't need a tutorial, though there is one on the website. It's so fun to play around with, and Picnik also has lots of themes you can use, too.
    It does basically everything that Photoshop does. I'm really happy with it.

    Just Google Picnik photo editing and sign up.

    Have fun!



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