The six-million-dollar photo entitled “Phantom” that sold recently captured the perfect twinkle of light and processed it beautifully. These are my $1.00 twinkles taken with my iPhone in 2013 at the NCSS Conference in St. Louis. I experimented with different Photoshop Element filters as I processed the photos.


First I cropped it to help it adhere to the Rule of Thirds.

Stylized with Glowing Edges
Stylized with Glowing Edges

Then I added filters.   I thought this one was pretty cool because it took it from real and somewhat blurry to on-purpose blurry with some sharp edges.

Filter:  Stylized - Solarized
Filter: Stylized – Solarized

I solarized Twinkle 3, and I like the rainbow of colors.

Distortion:  Glass
Distortion: Glass

Twinkle 4 reminds me of driving through St. Louis with my dad when rain pelted the windshield unfettered by wipers.  I’m not sure why we lived through that ride.

I thought they turned out well considering the beginning photo.  Mr. Snowman, however, reflects my best camera’s capabilities (before I dropped it) – and mine too, for that matter.

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Mr. Snowman posed beautifully on our tree last year.  Here he poses pretending he is outside in the snow instead of our cozy cottage.  He came back shivering, though.

Filter:  Stylize:  Find Edges
Filter: Stylize: Find Edges

He tried on the Glowing Edges next and liked the look when he preened in the mirror, and asked for one more make-over.

Fliter: Stylized: Glowing Edges
Filter: Stylized: Glowing Edges

I threw him into the texturizer, and he came out immortalized as a stained glass window.

Texture: Stained Glass
Texture: Stained Glass

With a twinkle in his eye, he asked me to find out from you which of his pictures you like best.  🙂  I’ll be sure to tell him.  He’s got his eye on me from the tree in the living room.  🙂  He thinks he’d make a good Christmas card.  What do you think?  🙂

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9 responses to “Twinkle”

  1. the eternal traveller Avatar

    I really like Mr Snowman a la original best. My favourite edited one is the glowing edges picture. It is very effective. Are these edits on your camera or done with software on your computer?

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    1. tchistorygal Avatar

      They are done with the computer! I’m with you on that one. Mr. S. is my favorite.


  2. utesmile Avatar

    Lovely post, Marsha, nice to see the different pictures. Wishing you a great Christmas ! Hugs Ute x

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    1. tchistorygal Avatar

      You too, Ute! Thanks for stopping by. I’ve missed you (and everyone) while I’ve been busy writing! 🙂

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  3. anotherday2paradise Avatar

    Lovely $1 twinkly pics, Marsha. The mind boggles to think of paying $6.5 m for a photograph. Crazy world we live in. Mr Snowman looks so happy with his glowing edges. 🙂

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    1. tchistorygal Avatar

      That’s my personal fav.

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  4. smilingtoad Avatar

    Superb twinkly and effervescent post!! LOVE the music, the photos, the snow- everything flows together swimmingly for a wonderful holiday experience. Jubilant cheers!

    Autumn Jade

    P.S. Snowman will make a very dashing Christmas card indeed!

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    1. tchistorygal Avatar

      I’ll tell him! 🙂

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