California poppies (and art self-education)

The feature photo has no photo enhancement.

This is the same photo with Corel Painter Essentials Auto Painting->Detailed Watercolor applied. Beautiful but why…

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so faded? How to enrich it in Corel Painter Essentials, don’t know, so… (good ‘ol) GIMP, Colors->Auto->White Balance followed by Colors->Auto->Color Enhance. Satisfaction.

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This next one has Photoshop Essentials Enhance->Auto Smart Fix applied because the poppy was too out of focus and this tool improved it enough to make the photo work. Intention was poppy in focus, grass blurry but opposite achieved. (Working with LCD display in bright sunlight without knowing the camera that well, and in a hurry.) Nonetheless, this composition makes the photographer happy.

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Take a walk in the park… Rancho San Antonio, Cupertino, California

Note: All tree closeups I owe to sethsnap.com for teaching me to see  “tree art.”  http://sethsnap.com/2013/02/16/tree-art-of-halls-creek/

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Bridge over quiet waters
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Light storm
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Variety of life
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Pull up a stump and stay awhile
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Tree frame
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Tree cathedral

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Follow me
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What a tangled web we weave
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A distant, tranquil spot among the oaks
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Texture
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Silicon Valley

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Hiking

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San Francisco Bay
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Way home beckons
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Joy
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Peace
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Shadow of the observer