I like to be the right thing in the wrong place and the wrong thing in the right place. Being the right thing in the wrong place and the wrong thing in the right place is worth it because something interesting always happens

Andy Warhol

I’m not a fan of generic filters plopped over images but I do sometimes find their effects appealing and reminiscent of other styles of artwork.

I keep the editing of my raw images firmly in Lightroom and Nikon Silver Effex, only using Photoshop for the addition of text.

For the preset for this image though a sticky mouse pulled one of my adjustment sliders into an area  that I never venture into and rather than quickly removing the edit I took a little time to look at the effect.

A nice feature in Lightroom is the ability to create your own sets of presets that can give you a starting point for your edits. I tend to keep my presets very “gentle” since I find that even amongst similar images, one does not fit all. This way you can apply the preset and then adjust from that point. It’s something that I will often do for my nightscapes.

I like the pop art feel of this image and the knowledge that I created it myself. Each time you do something like this it’s a bit like a self guided study course and you have the opportunity to learn more about the programs that you use and their capabilities. Playing with images and this preset then gave me more information about how I should shoot an image designed for use with this preset.

Same thing with a camera. Take it off auto and just start shooting and experimenting.

That’s where  creativity lives.

8 thoughts on “Pop…”

  1. One of my favorite creative & fun photos of one of your often photographed subject! I love Andy W & your personal take on this.

  2. I think much of what I learn in photography and art comes from ”happy accidents”. And any ”accident” is a learning experience if nothing else. Given the tools at our disposal for digital editing, it really is an opportunity to play and literally see things in a whole new light. I love this image, and Warhol would as well, I am sure.

  3. Oh Sheryl, this really sings for me. And earlier I was thinking of you as I wished my current camera had an in-camera overlay feature like my previous camera had. You win some, you lose some. This image, however, reminds me of why I love the medium of photography!

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