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Lens Artists Photo Challenge: One Photo Two Ways

This week, we’d like you to think about the various ways you create your images. Show us the same subject captured using multiple, different approaches.

Tina Schell

Celebrating Independence Day

Happy July 4th to everyone. I want to thank all our Veterans for defending our freedom.

We appreciate the opportunities to have fun with family and friends as we celebrate our freedoms together once again in 2021. Here are some photos from past celebrations put on in the city park in the small town of Woodlake, CA. I have wiled away a couple hours playing in Photoshop Elements 15. The little program does more than you think.

This family had fun at the Woodlake Kiwanis July 3rd Blast Event.

I added a diffuse glow filter and used the shape tool to make stars. I picked colors from the picture. Her shirt matched the train almost exactly. I’m not sure it’s better, but it is different. The background is busy either way.

All Aboard


Since the biggest problem with this one is busyness, I tried the Depth of Field to blur the background. Using short, small increments of changes I got close to what I wanted. I fixed the rest with the smudge tool.

Limbo Girl

Even though I love the colorful look of the first photo, The embossed look brings out the girl’s hair which is almost unnoticed in the first picture. Her friend’s fingers take on a dragon-look, which is kind of cool.

Pool Shark

Kids don’t get much cuter than when they are having fun. I wanted to focus in on this little guy, so I cropped the picture and added the Depth of Field Fun Effect in Photo Shop Elements.

Unaffected Beauty


What do you do with a perfect face? The background is already nicely blurred. Nonetheless, I cropped the picture to make a square in case Becky B ever has a Faces Square. Then I added a plastic wrap filter to keep her forever young and turn her into a doll.

Coming Up

  • July Story Chat: “Sometimes a Miracle” a family medical drama by Gary A. Wilson.
  • Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays Writing Challenge. There’s still plenty of time to talk about Vacations. If you entered Sunday Still’s Challenge this week you can double dip and post a link to your post on WQWWC #30: Vacations.
  • #WQWWC 32 will be hosted by Terri Webster Schrandt of Sunday Stills. Thanks, Terri.
  • PPAC #3 on Friday and is hosted by me this week. There’s still lots of time to play over at Cee’s blog PPAC #2

Thank you Lisa Coleman from Our Eyes Open – the Bird Weekly Challenge for designing my new ID card to give people when I’m out taking pictures at car shows and other public events.

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    • It is fun. It’s good to have a photo challenge that gives you a reason. How are you doing with all this heat? Cee said that Canby was in the news in Europe as the hot spot at 118. That’s so weird.


  1. Your editing skills are excellent. A friend sent me an older version of Photoshop with which I have played a little but I don’t feel confident using it at all. Have had fun with Prisma. I like the plastic wrap option and Prisma has a mosaic filter. It makes for interesting versions of the original photos. Love the little girl’s hair in the embossed filtered piece. Brings out all the great textures.

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    • Thank you so much! I had fun. It was a relaxing project and I had a chance to try a few things I hadn’t done before. Thanks for the kind words. 🙂


    • Yes, indeed it does. It goes with my Wednesday post about freedom as well. I bet you have something for that theme, Frank. 🙂 Even if you are on break. 🙂


    • I’m still trying to keep up with Cee and all her participants. I’m not doing well. I visited one and got sidetracked with links off John’s post. Did you see the mural and the muralist and photographer he featured? Very interesting, but I couldn’t respond. So I pressed my next go-to Twitter. Oops. Got distracted some more. 🙂

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